Nacogdoches and Angelina County see another month of decreased sales tax revenue

Nacogdoches County sales tax report (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches County sales tax report (Source: KTRE Staff)
Angelina County sales tax report (Source: KTRE Staff)
Angelina County sales tax report (Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For the past couple of months both Nacogdoches and Angelina County have seen a significant decrease in their sales tax revenue and it's a trend city officials say they're not too excited about.

According to the Texas Comptroller's Sales Tax Revenue Report, Angelina County has been in the negative since the beginning of the year.

Lufkin City Manager, Paul Parker says he doesn't think it will go up anytime soon.

"I really hope that we'll see turn around starting in the next month and we'll see a slight increase, but the trend looks like it's going to be a relatively flat sales tax for us for the next year or so," said Parker.

Parker blames the low sales tax not only on the economy but also on shoppers just not wanting to buy.

"Seems like this pocket of area people are being very conservative with their spending and we are seeing a pretty flat retail sales in this particular area," said Parker.

Meanwhile, Nacogdoches County has seen its 12th straight month of decreased sales tax revenue.

Nacogdoches city manager, Jim Jeffers says he expected it, but says he sees it going up sometime this year.

"Rural East Texas is slower going into a recession which means that it is slower coming out and without doing any extensive research he predicted it would be another 6 months and that was a month ago before we begin to see a sustain recovery in rural East Texas on retail sales," said Jeffers.

Both Nacogdoches and Angelina County business owners say they always expect to have good and bad days.

"What I am seeing is there is something going on the economy is effecting everyone it is effecting our kind of stores and a lot of other business I am in contact with I do see ups and downs valleys," said Terrific Teacher's Treasures owner Moni Tach.

Owner of Mama Tried's, Wanda Wesch said she sees the dips in revenue especially around the holidays.

"When it's Mother's day its way up and when it's not things of that nature people don't need anything so they don't come in," said Tried.

Nacogdoches and Angelina County have made some small cuts to make up for the low sales tax.

Angelina County has frozen some vacant position while also taking two hundred thousand dollars out of their street overlay budget.

Nacogdoches County has looked into cutting from their preventative maintenance budget.

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