(WBAP 24/7 News) - Holiday shopping did not have the desired effect for most Tarrant County cities and towns.
A majority of Tarrant County cities, including Arlington, Grapevine and North Richland Hills, saw a decrease in their December 2012 sales tax collections compared with December 2011, according to sales tax figures released by the state. The cities' February allocation totals also include revenue filed by businesses that remit their sales taxes on a quarterly or annual basis.
Statewide, cities saw an average increase of 3.6 percent for their February allocations. While cities like Fort Worth and Grand Prairie saw healthy increases, many other Tarrant County cities saw declines ranging from 0.04 percent in Manfield to a 42.71 percent decrease for Pelican Bay, which has $1,100 less in sales taxes for that community of 1,500 people.
Fort Worth, in contrast, put in another strong month, up 4.62 percent at $12.48 million from the same month the prior year, with development continuing to pick up.
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