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Proceeding as Anticipated
Reviewing for Improvement
Please note that Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 refer to the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of the Fiscal Year. The City’s Fiscal Year runs from October 1st – September 30th and is denoted by FY. CY denotes Calendar Year.
Per the Budget Office's forecast, sales tax would be considered on trend if collections equaled at least $101.12 per capita for the 3rd quarter. The per capita figure is based on an estimated population of 118,118 as noted in the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Book.
For the 3rd quarter, the City missed its goal by $7.13 per capita. The 3rd quarter sales tax collections totaled $11,102,136 or $93.99 per capita. Since the total quarterly per capita figure did not exceed the target, the measure has been evaluated as "caution."
Sales tax revenues saw a decrease in the 3rd quarter due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Statewide closures of non-essential businesses were ordered by the Governor, limiting gatherings of people in public and restricting restaurants to carry out or delivery services. Revenues decreased compared to the target, however, gains from the first two quarters helped to offset the declines, and the declines were not as significant as estimated when the closures began.
Sales tax collections are a barometer of economic health and help the City judge the economic climate going into the next budget year. Sales tax is one of the most important revenue streams for the City, but is also highly volatile and subject to risk. As such, the City conservatively estimates sales tax and does not count on one-time revenues to balance the budget.
The sales tax target is based off what the City has budgeted for sales taxes.
The target and status for this measure reflects the sales tax collections per capita in the City of Sugar Land. Sales tax collections will be reported on a quarterly basis.
Sales tax is generated by goods sold or delivered by businesses within the City’s corporate limits. Of the 2% local share out of the 8.25% total sales tax, 0.25% is allocated to the Sugar Land Development Corporation (SLDC), 0.25% to the Sugar Land 4B Corporation (SL4B), and the remaining 1.5% is deposited in the City’s General Fund.
An increase in sales tax per capita each fiscal year. The target is >$427/capita (Year To Date). This target reflects an increase in the amount of taxable items purchased, and therefore, an increase in the economic vitality of the city. Sales tax collections will be reported on a quarterly basis.
Sales Tax Calculation
sales tax budgeted / population
Sales tax collections are a barometer of economic health, and help the City judge the economic climate going into the next budget year.