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GALVESTON, Texas-- The bad news for sales-tax receipts continues, with the revenue collected by Galveston County s cities on sales made during May almost $1 million less than they collected in May last year, despite an overall statewide increase.

For the third consecutive month, state cities sales-tax revenues rose, by more than 4 percent, but Galveston County s city revenues fell, this time by almost 17 percent.

When Texas Comptroller Susan Combs dispatched their May allocation checks this month, the county cities receipts totaled just less than $4.7 million; at the same time last year, she sent them more than $5.6 million.

Texas City s percentage fall was the worst, with its $1.2 million check 38 percent lower than the $1.9 million it generated in May 2009.

Other double-digit losers were La Marque, at 19 percent, Jamaica Beach, at 18, and Clear Lake Shores, at 14, while Galveston s deficit was just shy of 10 percent.

The only cities to receive more for their May sales were Dickinson, up 14 percent, Bayou Vista, up 10, Friendswood, up 6, and Hitchcock, up 4.

The combined loss took the amount of lost sales tax throughout the county so far this year to some $6.5 million, down from $42.2 million for the first five months of 2009 to $35.7 million from Jan. 1 through May 31 this year, a percentage loss of more than 15 percent.

Combs this month sent a total of $297.2 million to state cities for their May sales-tax receipts. Altogether, she dispatched $442.8 million to the state s taxing entities, which raised $1.61 billion in sales taxes during May, a 2 percent increase on the figure for May 2009.

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