September sales tax soars in Victoria County

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Nov. 13, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.

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Sales tax collections in Victoria County soared after Hurricane Harvey - up 30 percent compared to the year before, said County Judge Ben Zeller.

Monday, Zeller told commissioners sales tax collections in September were up $186,000 compared to the same time last year. That means the county could see a much lower budget shortfall by the end of the year than expected, said Zeller.

"It was a big, big spike in sales tax collections," said Zeller, adding he expects the budget shortfall to be less than $500,000 this year.

Also Monday, Health Department Director Derrick Neal discussed a state grant to boost health services for Victoria's mothers and babies. The nearly $2.5 million grant would help pay for local private and public entities to help women and children who need extra medical help.

Under the grant, the STARS Clinic, a Victoria health center, will provide help to children who were born prematurely or have developmental delays. The Victoria school district also would provide services to teens who become pregnant.

"For those individuals who unfortunately may become pregnant in high school, we want to make sure we're providing adequate prenatal care for them," said Neal.



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