orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

May 11, 2013

Sales tax revenue down for the month locally

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Sales tax revenue was down in Orange County for the month of April despite an increase of 3.9 percent for the state, as a whole.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.15 billion, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2012. Meanwhile, the revenue in Orange County decreased by nearly $40,000 from the prior year, a decline of 4.58 percent.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in March as well as January, February and March sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.

“Sales tax collections were up in a range of sectors from construction and manufacturing to restaurants,” Combs said. “As expected, the rate of growth in state sales tax revenue is moderating compared to double-digit growth rates we recently experienced.”

The City of Orange experienced a decrease of 9.56 percent for the month, or approximately $33,000. The city remains ahead of pace for the year-to-date by 4.35 percent.

The City of Vidor had its first monthly decrease in sales tax revenue in several months as revenue decreased by more than $7,000 or 3.28 percent.

The only cities showing a gain in sales tax revenue for the month of April are Bridge City at 2.83 percent and Pine Forest at 5.80 percent. Bridge City remains 5.02 percent ahead for the year-to-date, while Pine Forest is a whopping 48.53 percent ahead for the year, although that is only a little more than $5,200.

The City of West Orange nearly broke even falling short of revenue from April 2012 by $18.19, or 0.01 percent.

The seven cities, as a whole in Orange County, remain 3.65 percent ahead of the pace in 2012, or approximately $133,277.