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December 28, 2013

Sales tax figures show strong growth for area

ORANGE — Many cities in Orange County continue to show strong growth in 2013 according to the latest sales tax figures.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reported this month that state sales tax revenue in November was $2.41 billion, up 2.8 percent compared to November 2012.

December’s allocation payment to seven incorporated cities in Orange County is $671,043.41. a 3.01 percent increase compared to December 2012.

“State sales tax revenue continues to grow at a moderate pace as expected,” Combs said in a related release. “Sales tax collections have increased for 44 consecutive months. Revenue from sectors such as wholesale trade, services industries and restaurants contributed to the most recent increase.”

The City of Pine Forest received a sales tax payment of $4,984.87, which is 56 percent more than it did at this time last year. Rose City increased by 15.66 percent, while Vidor received a sales tax payment increase of 14.16 percent over this time in 2012. West Orange increased by 6.16 percent.

Bridge City showed a decrease of 6.80 percent for the month, but remains ahead for the year, as does the City of Orange which had a decrease of 0.54 percent for the month. Pinehurst’s sales tax figures were 2.52 percent less than at this time last year, and it is the only city in Orange County behind for the year-to-date at 4.11 percent below 2012 sales tax revenue.

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their December local sales tax allocations totaling $579.6 million, up 5 percent compared to December 2012.

The sales tax figures represent October sales reported by monthly tax filers.

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