ALAMO, RGV – Hidalgo County continues to lead the Rio Grande Valley in sales tax revenue growth, new statistics show.
The Texas Comptroller’s Office collects sales taxes and redistributes them to cities and counties.
The figures for May, 2019, compared to May, 2018, show Hidalgo County up 9.2 percent. This compares very favorably with the statewide average, which only showed a 0.3 percent increase over the same period.
The figures for May, 2019, compared to May, 2018, show Starr County up 6.3 percent. Willacy County was up 2.1 percent over the same period, while Cameron County was down 2.3 percent over the same period.
Webb County, which includes Laredo, was up 4.4 percent in May, 2019, as compared to May, 2018.
Nieces County, which includes Corpus Christi, was up 6.7 percent in May, 2019, as compared to May, 2018.
The numbers for the Rio Grande Valley, including all the major cities, were crunched by Matt Ruszczak, executive director of Rio South Texas Economic Council.
In the attached podcast, Ruszczak does a deep dive into the numbers. He is interviewed by Rio Grande Guardian reporter Steve Taylor.
Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows La Plaza Mall in McAllen, Texas.