- Browser Requirements
- Search Tips
- Ways to Use Reports
- Glossary of Terms
- Report/Data Disclaimers
- Contact Us
Browser Requirements for Viewing Reports
The search tools are best viewed in one of the following browser types. Older and newer versions of these browsers may also be used but may affect the reliability of certain functions.
PC Users: Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1, Internet Explorer 6.0 SP2, Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 1.0.4 (1)
Mac Users: Firefox 1.0.4 (1) and above
- Pop-up Details:
If your browser software is set to block pop-ups, you will need to turn this feature off to view a report. Please access your browser’s help information to turn off the pop-up blocker. On Windows machines, the report criteria screens may open up behind your current browser window, so check your taskbar for an additional window.
- To use PDF documents, you must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Starting a new search
To get started, choose an area from the report's drop-down menu and/or select Run Report. Reports that do not offer an area listing have more search options. A “Prompts” window will open for these reports with search options like County or City Name(s), Fiscal Year and more listed at the top for you to select. Click on each search option to view available choices that will appear in the lower left. Double-click on a choice for each search option or prompt. Or, highlight a choice in the list, and click the arrow button to select it (Figure 1). Then click on “Run Query” to launch your search.
Figure 1 – Select a choice for each search tool prompt
Search results will then display in a table with your search options and the current page number listed above the data (Figure 2).
Figure 2 – Search Results
Quick search for county names and other search choices
If you cannot find what you are looking for in the list, or are not sure what the exact name is, you can do a quick search for it. Directly below the choice list, type in a partial word or phrase for what you are looking for, and click on the binoculars icon (Figure 3). The list will update and show all values that contain the text you entered.
Figure 3 – Conducting a quick search
Viewing search results with multiple pages
If more than one page of results is showing, you can scroll through the pages by using the left and right arrow buttons in the toolbar's middle section at the top of the report (Figure 4).
Figure 4 – Toolbar
How to Download and Print Reports (Saving and Printing Results via a Spreadsheet or PDF)
To download the results of a query, select Document in the toolbar at the top of the report to access the drop-down menu. Choose Save to my computer as and then select from the available options (Figure 5). You can then open the file to print.
Figure 5 - Download Options
Internet Explorer Users: Certain security settings for Microsoft Internet Explorer may prevent you from saving PDF and Excel files. To enable saving files:
- In your browser menu bar, select Tools, then Internet Options.
- Select the Security tab.
- Select the Web content zone noted on the lower right corner of your Internet Explorer browser.
- Select Custom Level. The Security Settings dialog box will open.
- Scroll down to Downloads and enable Automatic prompting for file downloads.
- Press OK to close the Security Settings dialog box.
- Press OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.
Changing search options (re-run a report)
To re-run a report with different search options, click on the “Refresh Data” link in the upper right corner of the window. The Prompts window will re-open.
Glossary of Terms
- Mcf: 1000 cubic feet, a unit of measure in the oil and gas industry for natural gas
- FY: Fiscal year; the State of Texas’ fiscal year runs from September 1 through August 31
- Sales Tax - Taxable Sales: For details see: http://www.window.state.tx.us/ecodata/stdb/qsalesabt.html
- Sales Tax - Allocation Payments: Represent the local portion of the sales tax the Comptroller collects for and then disburses to the levying entities (there is generally a two month time lag between the collection and disbursement of the sales tax amount)
- Sales Activity Month: Since there is generally a two month time lag between the collection and disbursement of the sales tax amount, the STAIRS report uses the term activity month to let the user know what the numbers represent, i.e. the sales tax payments to the local taxing entities in February are the result of the sales that happened in December.
- TAKS: Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
Ways to Use the Reports
For citizens: If you are looking for socio-demographic information for your city, county, etc. choose from subject area reports such as Population Report or Sales Tax Allocation Payment Report, or get an overview of your county with the County Overview Report or the County Fact Sheet.
For business: Get socio-economic information about the area you are interested in relocating to. You can select subject area reports such as Population Report or Sales Tax Reports, or get an overview of socio-economic indicators for the county of interest with the County Overview Report or the County Fact Sheet.
For government: Access local area information via subject area reports such as Sales Tax Allocation Payment Report or Population Comparison Report, or get an overview of the socio-economic data of your county with the County Overview Report or the County Fact Sheet.
Important notes about the data
The Comptroller’s office provides this information as a public service, free of charge. Tax revenue data is compiled using actual amounts collected and other information filed with this office. Other information is included using the best sources available; however, the Comptroller’s office does not independently verify this information. Users of the information provided are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of the information for the user’s purpose.
Neither the Comptroller, nor the State of Texas, nor any of their agents, employees, or representatives make any warranties, express or implied, concerning the accuracy of such information provided or suitability of such information for a particular purpose. The Comptroller, the State of Texas, and their agents, employees, and representatives shall not be held liable or responsible for and shall be saved and held harmless by the user from and against any and all suits, actions, losses, damages, claims, or liabilities of any character, type, or description, including all expenses of litigation, court costs, and attorney’s fees, arising out of or connected with or resulting from any acts or omissions of user or any agent, representative, employee, or subcontractor of user of any such information. The Comptroller, the State of Texas, and their agents, employees and representatives shall have no liability whatsoever in connection with the use of any information or data provided to user or any other party.
Additional information about economic analysis reports
The analysis is compiled using company information provided by the requestor, and is performed as a public service. The Comptroller’s office does not independently verify or validate this data. Estimates of economic impact are generated using Regional Economic Modeling, Inc. (REMI) software designed for analysis by Texas Council of Government region. Users of the information provided are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of the information for the user’s purpose.