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By Margaret Toal
For the Record 

Orange County sees big drop in monthly sales taxes


Last updated 4/23/2024 at 8:36pm

Sales taxes for the largest entities were down for the month of February, but Bridge City, Vidor, and Pinehurst had increases.

Orange County, which has a 0.5 percent sales tax, collected $482,265 for the month, a drop of nearly $103,000, or a decrease of 17.56 percent from February 2023. The county is slightly down for sales tax collections for the year to date, collecting $2.46 million for the first four months of the year, a drop of about $30,000, or a decrease of 1.45 percent.

All the cities in the county have a 1.5 percent sales tax, along with the Orange County Emergency Services District 3, which is for the Little Cypress Fire and Rescue Department. It is the only special district with a sales tax, though OC Emergency Services District 1, which covers the city of Vidor and the surrounding areas, has a sales tax proposition on the May 4 ballot.

Orange, the largest and oldest city in the county, was down a whopping 42.4 percent for February sales, and down 25.19 percent for the year to date. The city collected $418,920 for February, down from $727,300 in February 2023. For the first four months of the year, the city has collected $2.09 million, down from $2.8 million, nearly $700,000, from last year.

Bridge City was up 6.87 percent for February with $169,400 for the month, up from $158,500 for February last year. The city is down slightly for the year to date with $721,950, compared to $738,900 last year, a decrease of 2.29 percent.

Pinehurst was up for the month and year with $56,530 in February, up from $55,790 last year. For the year to date, the city is up 8.25 percent with $240,000, compared to $221,630 for the same time last year.

Vidor is also up, with $292,340 for February, an increase of 8.79 from $268,700 last February. The city is up 8.25 percent for the year to date with $1.22 million compared to $1.14 million last year.

West Orange was stagnant for February with $111,900, compared to $112,325 last year, only $425 less. The city is at $500,575 for the year to date, an increase of 2.8 percent from $486,900 last year.

Emergency Services District 3 collected $20,600 for the month and is now at $104,000 for the year to date, a decrease from $111,140 from the first few months of 2023.


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