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July 8, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #80

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 10:53 AM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


How do local sales tax distributions from the comptroller look like this month?


Today (7/8), the comptroller announced the distribution of $744.2 million in monthly sales tax revenue to all local governments for July. While the $744.2 million figure represents a 2.6 percent drop from July 2019, the city-specific numbers for July are a little bit better. Cities received $483.4 million in the July allocation, only a 1.1 percent drop from July 2019. According to the comptroller, declines were not as steep as last month because widespread social distancing requirements were relaxed across the state in May, which is the reporting period reflected in the July numbers.


The comptroller’s full press release on local sales tax numbers in July can be accessed here.


Where can I find detailed data regarding the spread of COVID-19 and the impact on our community and local economy?


The Texas nonprofit organization Texas 2036 has created a Texas COVID-19 Tracking Resource that incorporates, among other things, public health data, economic data, and even community mobility reports from Google. In addition, the application includes information related to federal COVID-19 funding received by cities and counties. Interested city officials can view much of this data both at the state and county level.


As a reminder, Texas Department of State Health Services maintains an interactive COVID-19 Case Dashboard that shows all sorts of figures related to the virus, including data by county and case demographics. The dashboard is updated daily.


What is the latest on how the pandemic will affect public schools in the fall?


Yesterday (7/7), the Texas Education Agency released health guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. Although the guidance is subject to change depending on the trajectory of the pandemic’s impact in Texas, the document represents the clearest statement yet to local school districts on how to handle instruction in the fall. Among other things, the guidance requires school districts to offer daily on-campus instruction, but also allows parents to opt-in to virtual instruction from a school district that offers it. Additionally, schools must comply with Governor Abbott’s recent executive order on masks, should it still be in effect during the school year. 


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.