Budget, HOT tax, buildings to occupy Vidor City Council Thursday

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council will face a full slate of items when they meet Thursday with the public getting their first look at the 2017-2018 proposed budget, major changes expected in the way HOT tax funds are distributed and consideration of ordering two building demolitions.

In his budget message, Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst notes the city expects to receive a little more than $2 million in property tax revenue and $2.7 million in sales tax revenue, the same as this year. Kunst wrote, “The new Walmart Super Center is scheduled to open in early 2018. Nevertheless, we are taking a conservative approach in budgeting sales tax. There are too many variables, mainly weather, that could cause a delay in the new Walmart opening, therefore we are continuing with a sales tax projection that does not include the new store.”

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