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March 29, 2014

OC sales tax figures show mixed results

ORANGE — Consumer confidence remains mixed, depending on what part of Orange County you reside if the latest state sales tax reports are an indication.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently state sales tax revenue in February was $2.2 billion, up 5.8 percent compared to February 2013. In Orange County, figures were down for the month by 1.41 percent compared to this time last year.

“Sales tax revenue continues its growth streak and has now increased for 47 consecutive months,” Combs said. “Growth in tax collections was seen across all major economic sectors including oil and gas, wholesale trade and the services sector.”

Pine Forest, located north of Vidor, received $3,781.99 this month compared to $2,796.92 this time last year, a gain of 35.21 percent. The city is 22.78 percent ahead for the year-to-date.

Vidor continues to see increasing sales tax figures nearly each month as it received more than $173,000 this  month, an increase of more than $32,000 over this time last year. The city is 15.38 percent ahead for the year thus far.

The City of West Orange showed a big increase this month with a 7.95 percent increase, or approximately $5,200, over the same time frame in 2012. The city is 1.84 percent ahead for the year-to-date.

Bridge City showed an increase in its sales tax allocation as well as the city received $87,684.78 this month, an increase of slightly more than $6,000 over this time last year. For the year-to-date, Bridge City is ahead 8.85 percent.

The City of Orange is 15.38 percent below 2013 figures at this time, as the city received a payment of $233,813.94 this month. This was $157,000 less than the same time frame last year.

Also, Pinehurst is 2.89 percent behind for the year-to-date while, while Rose City remains 23.11 percent ahead for the year-to-date despite a payment this month which was 2.62 percent less than at the same time in 2013.

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their March local sales tax allocations totaling $553 million, up 4.1 percent compared to March 2013.

Tax rebates received this month represent sales made during January.

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