Data Analysis & Transparency Division Services
Data Analysis & Transparency Division (DAT) provides economic development and technical assistance to local governments, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and the public on a wide range of subjects including tax programs and incentive support, job creation initiatives, economic impact analysis, financial transparency, limiting financial exposure, budgeting and purchasing efficiencies.
DAT operates as a support center for local governments and economic development entities with the objective of government efficiency and economic growth. The division serves as a turn-key information source supplying detailed economic data and analysis, sharing best practices and providing direct assistance to local governments.
The DAT division provides local government officials and economic developers with a team of analysts that can provide technical assistance on a wide variety of issues related to state law, financial management, and federal, state and local economics. An analyst can provide answers or a source of information on topics such as:
- community reinvestment and related state agency programs and strategies;
- court costs, fines, and fees;
- economic impact analysis (e.g., modeling the impact of changes in business contractions and expansions, investments, tax and regulatory policies);
- economic Incentives;
- financial literacy education initiatives;
- internal accounting controls;
- local sales tax options (e.g.: Type A/B, venue tax, municipal tax, and other options for economic development and infrastructural projects);
- officials' legal duties and responsibilities;
- state and local economic data;
- state expenditures by county;
- Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS); and
- value limitation and tax credits (e.g., Chapter 313).
Analysts can be reached toll free at 1-800-531-5441, extension 3-4679.
DAT also offers:
- presentations and regional workshops on a variety of topics including local sales tax options and financial management practices;
- guidance and best practice recommendations to local governments regarding financial transparency; and
- resources, information, tutorials and data available online.
Regional Economic Data
The Comptroller's Regional Economic Data provides economic data for 12 regions across Texas. Each snapshot tracks regional trends in population growth, personal income, jobs and wages, and education. The snapshots also highlight issues of particular focus to individual regions such as health care access, income inequality and economic development.
DAT Publications and Reports
DAT publishes downloadable informational brochures and publications on a broad range of topics including:
- budgeting manuals for Texas cities and Texas counties;
- community reinvestment in Texas;
- County Assistance District Sales Tax (PDF);
- court costs, fees and fines;
- Economic Development Sales Tax (PDF);
- economic development corporation reports;
- Library district sales tax (PDF);
- Local Sales Tax Options (PDF);
- Model Purchasing Manual for Texas Cities and Counties (PDF);
- Texas Economic Development Act reports;
- Using Sales Tax To Reduce Property Tax Rates (PDF);
- Sports and Community Venues (PDF);
- Sheriffs' and Constables' Fees manual;
- Street Maintenance Tax (PDF);
- Tax-related State and Local Economic Development Programs (PDF); and
- Texas State Expenditures by County report.