Voters Approved Economic Sales Tax Plan Long Term Project

"I think you can see some changes in the very near future. We have some prospects that we're dealing with right now that this might be the tool to push us over the top to be successful," explained Lufkin City Manager C.G. Maclin.

The benefits from the economic sales tax have taken several years to materialize for other East Texas cities who have utilized it, but city leaders are optimistic this won't be the case for Lufkin. Voters who supported the sales tax, want to see results and they want to see them quickly. Because the city of Lufkin has learned from other cities, they believe they can reduce the amount of time those results will be seen.

"We're optimistic that we might bases on experienced what we learned from other cities, maybe be able to cut down some of that time. It's definitely long term, anything with economic development, you plant seeds today that may not germinate and become a prospect or new jobs in the community for 5 to 7 years down the road," added Maclin.

The City of Lufkin will not see its first income from the economic sales tax until December. Until then, there is much work to be done, including forming an economic development board appointed by the city council.