By: Coleman Swierc - email
LUFKIN, TEXAS (KTRE) - It was a light-hearted mood at the annual state of the city and county address today, Officials speaking on the status of Angelina County and the city of Lufkin.
"The coming year, we have 2 pages of projects that we are looking to get started on," said Mayor Jack Gorden, "it is good times for Lufkin."
The good news for Lufkin, stems mostly from the rise in the local sales tax.
"We have been fortunate here in Lufkin and Angelina county that we have seen a 15% increase," said Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter, "and it seems that each month we wait for that blow to come, and it never happens."
"We continue to see nice increases in (the sales tax), so that is going to enable the city to move forward, and meet the demads of the future," said Mayor Gorden.
Both Judge Suiter and Mayor Gorden also pointed out, the numerous projects that will be moving forward in the coming year.
Those projects include continued construction of Cassel Boykins Park, expansion of the Angelina County landfill, which will serve the county for an additional 60 years and the the inclusion of Loggins Culinary to the economic outlook.
Suiter also mentioned that there would be a possible buyer for Citation Industries.
"There has been some interest, they have not come to us, for those organinzations, and they won't, until that becomes public, but we are here to help that," said Judge Suiter.
Other projects included a possible expansion of Whitehouse Drive, to Highway 69...making it the only East/West connector road in the city.
Another big announcement out of City Hall today at the first Friday meeting, Mayor Jack Gorden announced a new business coming to Lufkin.
The business is called PG Films, a company based out of Mexico and San Diego, California, making shrink wrap, for commercial shipping purposes.