Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reports state sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion in April, 13.4 percent more than in April 2017.
Hegar said, “April state sales tax collections grew significantly across all major economic sectors.” Hegar said, “While the strongest growth was in remittances from oil and gas-related sectors, tax receipts from retail trade and restaurants also grew briskly.”
Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in April 2018 was up 9.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 58 percent of all tax collections.
Assistant Huntsville Fire Chief John Hobbs informs us that the Wildfire Community Wilderness Preparedness Day will be at Fire Station No. 2 on Sam Houston Avenue from 10 to 2 this Saturday . . . .
At this week’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, SHSU political science professor Mike Yawn, who is in charge of a local citizenship class, addressed the council. He, and immigrants from the class, were given special recognition by the council.
Professor Yawn filled everyone in on the endeavor . . . .
The big General Sam Houston Folk Festival is back again this year. Sam Houston Memorial Museum Director Mac Woodward tells us more . . .
The folk festival will feature historical characters in period costume. There will be demonstrations of period crafts. Sam Houston will appear to come to life and attend the festival. There will be diverse culture, music and dance of Texas history, also.
Recently, Commissioners’ Court heard from representatives of a group interested in suing manufacturer’s of the various opioids that have been resulting in a great number of people addicted to the drugs and a large number of them dying from overdose throughout the United States.
At Monday’s afternoon Special Session, commissioners approved a “resolution choosing to exercise Walker County’s Power to maintain a civil suit against any manufacturer, pharmacy benefit manager, or distributor within the pharmaceutical industry for violations of the Texas Controlled Substances Act, for public nuisance, fraud, negligence and any/all other applicable claims and cause of action; making written findings requiring the hiring of outside private counsel to maintain such a civil suit.” It gives the County Judge authority to execute an attorney contract.
Chief Executive Magazine Wednesday announced Texas as the “Best State For Business” for 2018. Chief Executive Magazine’s annual rankings are determined by surveying hundreds of leading CEOs from across the United States. This is the 14th year in a row Texas has been named best state for business.
Since Governor Abbott took office, more than 600,000 new jobs have been created and Texas set a new record for the lowest unemployment rate in four decades.
This year’s rankings highlight Texas’ high quality workforce and superior living environment. The report shows Texas’ leading industries as advanced manufacturing, aviation, biotech, chemical products and energy. The rankings also note Texas’ low tax and low regulation business-friendly environment that has led to the relocation or expansion of many major companies.
What does it take to win a national award? Many days and nights of dedication and preparation. For Adrian Lopez, all of the hard work has paved the way for a promising future.
As an SHSU Musical Theatre graduating senior, Lopez recently attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. and impressively took home the first-place prize for the Musical Theatre Initiative.
This is the second year in a row that an SHSU student has taken home this award, with Dominic Pecikonis winning in 2017.
The accomplishment is exceptional considering that only eight students are accepted from across the country, one from each region, to participate in the national festival. Representing SHSU’s region, Lopez earned the first-place honor competing with over 18,000 students.
At last night’s Huntsville City Council session, councilmembers approved moving forward on the purchase of the land for the new Huntsville Police station. It is proposed to be located on a 50 acre lot at Rosenwall Road and FM 2821. The purchase price is not to exceed $998,000. It was purchased instead of an original site of property at the old Ella Smither Geriatric Center, which was eventually rejected because of what was said to be legal issues.
Mayor Andy Brauninger commented . . . .
The City will close on the property when an extensive review by the staff is concluded.
In Monday’s special session of Walker County Commissioners’ Court, commissioners considered creation of a County Assistance District. They also, however, heard from Crabbs Prairie Fire Chief Justin Baack.
Mr. Baack felt that there was support now of an Emergency Service District being voted in in the area to support fire departments, if the ESD was supported by sales tax instead of property tax. After delivering a thorough analysis of the fire coverage situation and the possible success of an ESD election, he requested the County not have their County Assistance District election . . . .
Commissioners agreed to hold off on an election for a County Assistance District election, after hearing from Chief Baack.
Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce Events & Communications Manager Laura Green informs us that, “The 15th Annual Shot in the Dark Night Golf Tournament is coming up on Friday, May 18th at Raven Nest Golf Club . . . .
Laura says there is also the helicopter golf ball drop which is done during the dinner break. Anyone can purchase a golf ball for ten dollars a ball. She said, “If your ball is either in the bottom of the hole when we drop them, or closest to, you’ll take home the prize of $1,500.”
Call the Chamber at 295-8113.