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01/08/04 - Lufkin

City Manager Aggressively Campaigning Sales Tax Proposal

by Alex Carias

Despite his pending resignation, Lufkin City Manager C.G. Maclin is still aggressively campaigning for a new economic development proposal that he says could make the city of Lufkin more competitive.

Maclin is a staunch supporter of a proposed economic development sales tax, which voters will decide on during a special election on February 7. If the plan is approved, a portion of the city's sales tax revenue would be set aside for economic development projects, such as the creation of a new industrial park.

"The passage of the economic development sales tax is critical to the city of Lufkin's ability to compete on a level playing field with the other 515 cities in the state who have already adopted the sales tax. Without that, we will not be able to offer similar incentives," said Maclin.

Officials estimate the proposal will generate about $700,000 per year. It's important to note that the economic development sales tax proposal would not mean you pay more in sales taxes. It simply means part of what you already pay would be set aside to try to attract new business and industry to this area.

Early voting will be January 21 through February 3. Again, the special election will be February 7.

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