Sales tax continues rise

The City of Odessa’s sales tax check from the state for March totaled more than $5.9 million, exceeding the city’s year-to-date projections by 9.25 percent, or $400,243.62.

A .25-cent economic development sales tax is included in the amount, meaning the city will receive $4,727,340.56 and the Odessa Development Corporation will receive $1,181,835.14.

Odessa collected 22.41 percent more in sales tax this month than the same month last year, and they have received $12,337,476.86 year-to-date, about $5.4 million more than they received last year at this time.

Midland beat out Odessa for the second month in a row in sales tax earnings, collecting more than $6 million or about 11.96 percent more than the same month last year. Both cities have a 1.25 percent sales tax rate.

The payments are generated by sales tax revenue from two months prior to collection. In this case, March is based on January sales.

The Ector County Hospital District received a March sales tax check of nearly $4.5 million, almost 5 percent more than the same month last year.