Humble sees sales tax rebound a few months after coronavirus lockdowns

Despite store and restaurant closures at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales tax receipts are beginning to stabilize for the City of Humble.

Overall, the sales tax revenue has only gone down by about 7 percent year-over-year.

In the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic, City Manager Jason Stuebe said they were preparing for the worst — a 40 percent reduction in revenue.

“Anywhere less than 10 percent is almost the normal flow that we’ve been experiencing here in the last few years just as a matter of trend,” Stuebe said.

In fact, Humble saw year-over-year growth in sales tax receipts released in October and August, sandwiched between a small decline in sales tax revenue in September’s report. This was a stark contrast to the report for June, the worst month for sales taxes this year, where there was

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Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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