The oil and gas industry has been good to the city of Nacogdoches for the last two years. There's no reason to doubt the benefits won't continue. Nacogdoches Deputy Manager, Victoria LaFollett-Koenig said, " The sales tax is up. The royalties the city receives on some of the property that we leased to the oil companies has been an unexpected addition to our revenue, so it's been a very positive experience for us. "
In the last year nacogdoches has received $500,000 in oil and gas royalties. And when private landowners get a check of their own, the city continues to benefit. LaFollett-Koenig said, " We have people here in Nacogdoches that have royalty checks they are receiving and suddenly they have some expendable income and with that expendable income they're buying things that they may have put off purchasing."