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April 20, 2013

Sales tax revenue is mixed across county

ORANGE — Sales tax revenue remains ahead of pace in 2013 despite a topsy-turvy month.

Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently that state sales tax revenue in March was $1.98 billion, up 5.5 percent compared to March 2012. Orange County, which remains 6.21 percent ahead of pace for the year, was 6.86 percent behind for the month compared to last year at this time.

“Sales tax revenue growth was seen in both the business and consumer sectors of the economy,” Combs said. “Collections grew in sectors such as manufacturing and retail trade. Sales tax revenue has now increased for 36 consecutive months.”

Sales tax revenue was all over the board in Orange County with huge gains in some cities and significant decreases in others.

The City of Orange experienced a decrease of more than 30 percent from last year as the city received $71,000 less than the prior year. However, the reason for the deficit was due to an error made by the state.

“We received our payment last month from the state, but it was $104,000 more than it was supposed and the payment was made in error,” said Gail English, City of Orange finance director. “The state contacted us immediately and told us, so we knew it that amount would be taken out of this month’s payment to the city.”

The City of Pinehurst experienced a 5.78 percent decreased, and West Orange sustained a decreased of 3.99 percent compared to sales from February 2012. Both cities remain below figures for the year-to-date as well.

Rose City more than doubled its sales tax revenue from the prior February with a gain of 103 percent and is 36.48 percent ahead for the year-to-date.

Pine Forest received a check for $2,585.09, which was an increase of 20.24 percent compared to last February. The city is 62.83 percent ahead for the year as well.

The City of Vidor continues its more than year-long trend of sales tax revenue increased as the city received a payment of more than $177,000, an increase of 16.71 percent compared to last February. The city is 7.5 percent ahead for the year-to-date.

Bridge City had a slight increase of approximately $600, or less than 1 percent for the month, but the City of Bridge City remains more than $21,000 or 5.72 percent ahead of the previous year.

The sales tax figures represent February sales made by monthly tax filers.


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