Sales-tax revenue increasing in Victoria

Brian Cuaron

Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:12 a.m.

Victoria County received its largest intake of monthly sales tax revenue in October, a county official said Wednesday.

Oil drilling and Victoria economic-development projects have bumped up Victoria's intake of sales tax revenue, Mayor Will Armstrong and County Judge Don Pozzi said. They spoke at the Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the University of Houston-Victoria.

"Life is good in Victoria," Armstrong said.

Pozzi announced that the county received $922,822 in sales tax refund in October.

The $7.52 million in sales-tax refunds the county has already received this year exceeded the totals for 2010 and 2009, according to the Texas Comptroller's Office website.

The city received $2.11 million in monthly sales-tax revenue in October, according to the comptroller's website. That was the sixth-highest ever received, according to the state's online records dating back to 1988.

To date, the city has received $19.03 million for the year, also more than the previous two years.

Victoria is fortunate to be 25 miles south of the Eagle Ford Shale oil-drilling region, Armstrong said.

But Victoria economic-development projects like the incoming Caterpillar plant, as well as two recently-passed incentive agreements with a hotelier and apartment complex developer - have also helped, Armstrong said.

To keep the good economic times going, Armstrong said the city needed to annex property north of Main and Navarro streets. He also wants to lengthen Ball Airport Road and Glascow Street.

The city's long-term main thoroughfare plan calls for Ball Airport Road to be extended from North Victoria to U.S. Highway 59 just south of the Victoria Regional Airport, said Jared Mayfield, deputy director of development services.

Armstrong also wants to extend the part of Glascow Street that dead-ends near Walmart SuperCenter.

In another announcement, Pozzi said the county would move forward with the installation of new software for the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.

During budget workshops in the summer, some county staff members disagreed about the new software for the sheriff's office offered by a company called Southern. The company's product would replace software called Odyssey by Tyler Technologies. With the exception of the sheriff's office, other county departments would continue to use the Odyssey software.



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