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People spending more money in Orange County this year

ORANGE - by Lauren Huet

People in Orange County are spending more money at restaurants and shops. According to the Texas Comptroller's Office, sales tax revenue is up 2.07 percent in the city of Orange, and up by 5.19 percent in Orange County. Local business owners say the city needs to do more to attract new businesses and industry.

Dan Harris Junior owns Farmer's Mercantile in downtown Orange. His great grandfather opened the store in 1928. Although sales tax revenue is up in the city, he says business downtown is about the same as last year.

"Because of our location it seems like everything is moving closer to the interstate and we need more attractions here to bring more business in," said Harris.

Robert Ramirez owns Robert's Steakhouse and Meat Market near Interstate 10.

"The economy, it's about the same as last year. We might see a little increase in sales, but not that much. But we're doing good," said Ramirez.

The Orange City Council has a proposal to offer incentives to an Austin based company to come build shops, cafes, and apartments in downtown Orange. City Council will meet to discuss and vote on the proposal Tuesday morning.

"That would be great if they'll follow through with it," said Harris, "and make it to where a restauranteur could make a profit and stay for the long haul."

"Well sure, the more people the more business," said Ramirez, "but also we need industrial work. We need shipbuilding work, not only restaurants and parks. You know, we need people to make money so they can spend money."

Harris says Orange has the potential to attract more restaurants and businesses.

"We have attractions down here, the Stark Museum, the Lutcher Theater," said Harris. "We have some things down here to offer, we just need it easier for businesses to set up and be able to make a profit."

And bring in more dollars to benefit not only businesses, but families and the community.


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