Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Six of the seven incorporated cities in Orange County reported increases in sales tax revenue in September.
State sales tax revenue collections were up for the month of September in six of the seven cities in Orange County, with the City of Orange being the lone exception, according to the monthly report issued by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
The City of Orange received a payment of $243,996.26 for the month, which is a decrease of approximately $12,000 from the previous year or 5.45 percent. However, for the year-to-date, the city is 3.4 percent ahead of 2012 figures or approximately $93,000.
The City of Bridge City received a sales tax rebate of $95,259.29 from the state for the month, which is an increase of 1.23 percent. The city is also 2.77 percent ahead of 2012 figures to date.
The cities of Pinehurst and West Orange experienced increases in sales tax revenue compared to this month last year. Pinehurst had an increase of 1.46 percent compared to this time last year, but its year-to-date sales tax rebates are still down by 3.89 percent. West Orange’s October payment of $79,726.86 is up slightly from a year ago, but the city’s year-to-date payments of $840,533.75 are still 1.87 percent below figures for the year-to-date.
Vidor received an sales tax check for $160,679.19, or a 1.91 percent increase over this time last year. The city is 5.09 percent ahead of 2012 figures. Pine Forest continues to surpass its monthly and year-to-date figures. Its payment of $4,226.58 was a 90.78 percent increase compared to September 2012 and its year-to-date total of $32,705.41 is 44.05 percent ahead of last year’s figures. Rose City had an increase of 8.04 percent for the month and is 21.43 percent ahead for the year-to-date.
As a whole, Orange County will receive $652,143.03, a slight decrease of approximately $4,600 compared to this time last year. For the year to date, Orange County is ahead by 2.92 percent through 10 months.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently that state sales tax revenue in September was $2.01 billion, up 2.7 percent compared to September 2012.
“State sales tax revenue collections continued to grow at a moderate pace,” Combs said. “Growth was led by collections from the construction, telecommunications and retail sectors. State sales tax revenue has now increased for 42 consecutive months.”
Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their October local sales tax allocations totaling $579.8 million, up 5.2 percent compared to October 2012.