LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Despite a drop in sales tax revenue earlier this week, Lufkin city officials believe 2017 can be a good year.
Those feelings were shown at the annual state of the city luncheon with the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Luncheon. The keynote speaker was Mayor Bob Brown.
"We've had a few sour notes from time to time," Brown said. "This last year though has been the best year in the Lufkin City Council in the five years since I have been here."
The speech today came just two days after the state sales tax revenue showed the city was down 6.9 percent after bringing in $1,130,267.80. That number is down from the $1,214,238.36. The numbers released reflect the sales tax numbers from November 2016. Assistant CIty Manager Steve Floyd said several new projects show that developers are on board with a good economy.
Cafe Del Rio announced they plan to be in their new building by April. According to a press release, Pie Five Pizza will open across from the mall on Jan.20 and work is progressing on the Lufkin Travel Center, a gas station just south of Angelina College on U.S. Highway 59 south.
"We continue to grow," Floyd said. "Our retail, restaurant, and our medical sector continues to grow and do well. We remain optimistic."