Sales tax figures surge for most county cities

Van Zandt County cities entered the month of March looking for a reprieve in sales tax revenue collection figures after four out of six local cities failed to keep pace with the numbers they posted in February 2016 last month.

Most cities in had their hopes answered March 8 with the office Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announcing that Edom, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point had all exceeded numbers posted for the same calendar month the previous year.

Van entered the month of March on a distinct downward turn in terms of sales tax revenue collections during the first two months of 2017, collecting $46,270.18 less in January and February combined than those same months the previous year.

Van bounced back in a big way, nearly finding its way back to even by collecting $71,188.44 in March. That total was a staggering 144.32 percent higher than the city had received back in March 2016.

Edom, which finished the month of February with the largest percentage gain of any city in the county, continued to surge by finishing second overall countywide this month after collecting $1,470.87. That total was 81.87 percent more than the city’s $808.75 payment received in March 2016.

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