Mineola Sales Tax Revenues are Down

We just received a report on sales tax revenues in Mineola.

These figures are based on March and 1st qtr 2011 sales by our local merchants and businesses.

  • Sales tax collections were down 4.81% compared to May 2010.
  • Local sales tax collections were down 7.69% from calendar year 2008 to 2010.
  • These figures indicate a significant reduction in retail sales for Mineola during the 2 ½ year period.

How can we make up this revenue without raising taxes?

Passing Propositions 1 & 2 will more than make up for these revenues.

Our town already operates on a shoestring budget.

  • Our Mayor is not paid.
  • Our city council members are not paid.

City services are already at a minimum level. So if this missing revenue is not made up, the next steps are to further reduce service and/or raise taxes.

Is this enough to convince you to VOTE on May 14th?

Source: Texas State Comptroller’s Office

Vote YES for Propositions 1 & 2 on May 14th.

Vote YES for Propositions 1 & 2 on May 14th.

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7 comments for “Mineola Sales Tax Revenues are Down

  1. Phillip
    May 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    If Prop 1 & 2 pass, this will be the headlines in Big Sandy.

  2. Anonymous
    May 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This needs to pass!! 90% of the “church” people in defense of this can/have been caught in Big Sandy…I have personally seen several there that have asked me not to say anything. Don’t preach what you don’t do!!

  3. Funny
    May 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Once again the issue has never been about drinking it has only been about alcohol sales. Church goers and non believers can drink all they want, since we all fall short and none can get to heaven but through the Father. The issue is the impact on the local community of the sale of alcohol. I would think most local and state governments have felt the pinch of this long recession. However this too shall pass and I would hate to see someone’s life cut short because of the availability of alcohol. What is the value of the life of your wife and kids? Obvious it is worth about 4.81% of sales tax revenue.

  4. The Truth
    May 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Here we go again. Sell alcohol in Mineola and all of our kids will die, our marriages will fall apart and the sidewalks will run deep with blood.
    Bull snot!!!
    Smith County is dry, Gregg County is wet. Over the past three years, there have been 40% more DUI arrests in Smith County than there have been in Gregg County. That statistic just happened to be on the KETK 10 o’clock news tonight.
    But who am I to stop you from spreading fear, doom and gloom? Go ahead and keep trying to scare people. Anyone with a brain will know what you are full of.

  5. More Truth
    May 13, 2011 at 12:47 am

    1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

    500,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

    A report by the national Academy of Sciences states that 60 percent of eighth graders say alcohol is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain. Ninety percent of twelfth graders say it is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain.

    Alcohol problems are highest among young adults between ages eighteen and twenty-nine and lowest among adults ages sixty-five and older.

    More than 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or rape.

    According to the National Institutes of health, children who begin drinking before the age of fifteen are four times as likely to become alcoholics as teens who abstain from drinking.

    A study done by the Journal of the American Medical Association said that sales to under-age drinkers amount to nearly 20 percent of the total alcohol market, or about $20 billion in illegally purchased alcohol.

    More than 600,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

    Alcohol is the leading cause of death for persons under age twenty-one.

    Alcohol is the number one drug abuse problem for American Youth.

  6. May 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Aren’t you the same person who posted this “I never thought the question was about whether drinking alcohol is sin or even wrong.” in response to another article on this web site?
    I think you are because your IP address is the same.

    So which one is it? Is it wrong or not?

  7. More Truth
    May 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

    The facts are the facts. It is not a question of right or wrong. The question is whether or not sales of alcohol will increase the number of alcohol related incidents. The facts can normally be argued either way. Fortunately the negative effects of alcohol are well documented. There is some evidence to support the moderate intake of alcohol is healthy. I happen to believe the increase in the availability of alcohol will increase the frequency of those incidents. There is some evidence to support this hypothesis. The problem I have is when both sides seem to be claiming the higher ground. The church on the moral ground and the drinkers on the I’m no hypocrite ground. It would seem to me the proper position would be to stay away from personal attacks on disgraced teachers and stick to the improving the tax base. There are 8 steps to creating change as defined by Kotter(See Link). The first step is to create a sense of urgency. In business we use customer surveys and market share indicators to drive change. The tax argument is a good one because it everyone is for lower taxes. The hypocrite argument is seems to polarize both groups and we know you need some of the undecideds to vote yes. If this fails to pass look at Kotter’s book Leading Change to decide why you failed and learn from the lesson.

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