Lewisville - Flower Mound - Highland Village Edition - Mar20

LEWISVILLE FLOWERMOUND HIGHLANDVILLAGE EDITION

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As the April 1 kicko of the 2020 U.S. Census nears, ocials are working toward one common goal: a complete, accurate count of the population. Responses to the census will help determine where more than $675 billion of federal funds will be allo- cated toward various elds, including infrastructure and public education. Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village leaders have partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to form Complete Count Committees in an eort to increase awareness and participation on the census. CONTINUED ON 17 Areacitiesaimfor higher 2020censusparticipation BY ANNA HEROD March 12-20: Residents will receive mail with information on how to do the census online, by phone or by mail. March 30-APril 1: Census workers will count people experiencing homelessness. April 1: Census workers will count people in senior living centers. May-July: Census workers will reach out to residents who have not yet responded to the census. December: The Census Bureau will deliver counts to the president and Congress as required by law. March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. x Data from the census, which begins in April, will be nalized next year. dat es Important

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Across the state, e-commerce shares of retail sales are on the rise, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

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The majority of the online sales tax revenue Lewisville stands to lose if the comptroller’s proposed rule is adopted is generated by a Bed Bath & Beyond distribution center, according to ocials. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lewisville could lose $1.3M in sales tax revenue under proposed rule

This would mean, for example, that if a Lewis- ville resident bought a Dell computer online, the city of Lewisville would receive the sales tax rev- enue from that purchase instead of Round Rock, where Dell Technologies is headquartered. Hegar said the proposed rule is meant to distrib- ute sales tax from online purchases more equitably across the state. However, many cities, including Lewisville, do not support the proposed change. “The cities that are concerned about the poten- tial impact of this rule, however, have pointed out CONTINUED ON 14

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Lewisville could lose as much as $1.3 million in annual sales tax revenue if a proposed rule change involving online purchases is adopted. Currently, if a Texas resident makes an online purchase, the sales tax dollars from that purchase do not necessarily go to the city that resident lives in. Instead, that revenue goes to the city where the business is located. However, if Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar adopts a rule he has proposed, sales tax revenue collected on internet purchases would be redi- rected to the city in which a customer buys an item.

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