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Sales tax up from last year despite pandemic

Prior to addressing agenda items for the Monday, Dec. 14 Wharton County Commissioners Court meeting, Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath announced that sales tax figures came out for November 2020 and provided commissioners a positive outlook for the county. 

“Surprisingly, we are up for the year,” Spenrath said. “I am almost certain this is through November; the county is up 3.73% in sales tax.”

The sales tax revenue through November 2019 was reported at $3,140,248. So far, Wharton County is roughly $117,000 ahead of last year, with the reported revenue being $3,257,478.

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Spenrath said most cities are reporting increases, noting, “They are doing pretty well.”

He continued, “East Bernard is up roughly 7% for the year; El Campo is right at 7%; and Wharton is a little under, but almost breaking even.”

The judge also announced the county would more than likely see the trend continue through the month of December.


“Again, this is through November and usually, the Christmas push is good,” he said. “So, this is a really positive thing to happen in 2020.”

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Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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