Through adversity and resilience, Galveston County’s economy has remained relatively strong through one of our nation’s darkest economic downturns. As reported by the Comptroller’s office, the first four months of sales tax figures have been released and are available for download.
While the month of April showed was hard for many cities, the sales tax the year-to-date comparison to the prior year shows a much brighter picture for the vast majority of our region.
Total sales tax grew by 3.56% across the county for the month of April in comparison to April of last year. The City of Dickinson saw the largest increase in sales tax growth for the month of April in comparison to 2019 (32.38%), while the largest decrease in the county, the city of Kemah, saw a reduction in sales tax of 33.78%. Tiki Island (27.08%), Santa Fe (21.10%), Clear Lake Shores (16.13%), League City (15.01%), Jamaica Beach (10.01%), and Friendswood (9.88%) all recorded positive sales tax growth for the month of April in comparison to the prior year. Texas City (-0.08%) and La Marque (-1.08%) were largely unchanged. The City of Hitchcock (-4.36%), Bayou Vista (-5.74%), and Galveston (-11.34%) reported reductions in sales tax collections in that same time period.
Sales tax figures grew by 10.23% from YTD in comparison to the prior year throughout the entire county. Bayou Vista saw the largest increase (28.33%), while Kemah was the only city within the county to report a negative YTD change in sales tax collection in comparison to the prior year. Changes in YTD collection are as follows: League City (23.72%), Tiki Island (23.24%), Santa Fe (12.65%), Hitchcock (12.25%), Jamaica Beach (11.20%), Dickinson (10.36%), Texas City (9.98%), La Marque (8.26%), Clear Lake Shores (5.79%), Friendswood (5.29%), and Galveston (1.38%).