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El Paso's Economy Stays HealthyCity among few in Texas to post sales tax gains in 2009 4th quarter

According to recent reports, El Paso’s economy continues to perform well compared to other major Texas cities, with sales tax revenues posting gains while others continue to see drops. Additionally, the city’s Cost of Living Index continues to be lower than other cities of similar size in the Southwest and Texas regions.

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, the Texas Comptroller’s Office reports El Paso had sales tax revenues rise 0.11 percent in 2009’s fourth quarter. This is a reversal from the comparative third quarters of 2008 and 2009, where the city saw a 5.42 percent decrease.  
 
In comparison, Dallas had a more than 20 percent drop in sales taxes during the fourth quarter, while Houston had revenues fall 18.5 percent. San Antonio dropped 5.79 percent, there was a 6.29 percent decrease in Austin and Fort Worth’s revenues fell 7.19 percent.
 
The improved sales tax numbers come as the city’s Cost of Living Index dropped from 92.3 in the third quarter of 2008 to 89.9 in the same period in 2009. The cost of living measures the average cost of basic necessities, such as food, housing and utilities. The 89.9 index means the cost of living in El Paso is more than 10 percent lower than the national average.
 
Additionally, El Paso ranks second in the state in cost of living, slightly higher than Houston’s index of 88.2. Outside of Texas, El Paso’s index is lower than Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Phoenix and Tucson.
 
“El Pasoans are seeing their incomes grow and their cost of living expenses decrease,” said Kathy Dodson, City of El Paso Economic Development Department. “These very positive trends are further examples of how El Paso is in a good economic position, despite the national economic downturn.”
 
The news continues the stream of positive economic reports, such as Forbes.com’s recent ranking of El Paso as the No. 1 City Where Americans Are Getting Richer. The numbers show the average salary in El Paso rose more than 19 percent since 2006. This easily outpaces the 8 percent national growth rate for college graduates.



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MAJOR ISSUES

Underage Drinking Initiative - Today Tonight (Friday, March 19) from 10:00pm through 3:00am officers from the El Paso Police Department's Central Regional Command Center will conduct a citywide campaign to prevent underage youth from drinking and driving. Read More...
Going Green with Multifamily Housing The City of El Paso has added another incentive for multifamily development in the city, offering a bonus to builders who meet specific green building benchmarks. Read More...
City Recognized With Distinguished Budget Presentation Award The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recently announced that the City of El Paso, Texas was the recipient of the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. Read More...
Think Big With A Gig 4 El Paso! Google is planning to launch an experiment that is intended to make Internet access better and faster for everyone. They will test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country; we want El Paso to be included! Read More...
The Mayor’s 100 Teens Program Taking Nominations for 10’-11’ Year
The nomination period for the 2010-2011 year of The Mayor’s 100 Teens program is now open and will close on Friday, April 16, 2010. Read More...

PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH

Pet Care-A-Van The Pet Care-A-Van, a mobile surgical van providing free spay/neuter surgeries for pets, will continue to make its rounds in the community this month. Read More...

MOBILITY

Community Meetings: Bus Rapid Transit Study El Paso Transit Corridors Alternative Analysis
The City of El Paso is conducting a study to analyze the possible opportunities, challenges, costs and impacts of creating a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in El Paso. The study or Alternative Analysis is responsive to the City Council directive to bring more and enhanced transportation choices to El Paso. As part of this study process, the primary corridors that are being evaluated are Alameda, Dyer, Mesa and Montana. MAPSTUDYAREA
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Sun Metro Hosts Grand Opening for Al Jefferson Westside Transfer Center Sun Metro invites the public to join city and community leaders in commemorating the opening of the new Al Jefferson Westside Transfer Center, 7535 Remcon, at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 8. Read More...
Sun Metro Citizen’s Advisory Committee Seeks Nominations
Sun Metro Citizen’s Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for a committee member alternate.
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QUALITY OF LIFE

FY 2010-2011 Cultural Funding Application Assistance Workshop
Wednesday, April 7th
City Hall, 2 Civic Center Plaza, 7th Floor Conference Room
One of the primary roles of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) of the City of El Paso is to provide Cultural Funding to assist in the development of El Paso's creative sector. Cultural Funding also supports access to arts and cultural activities for El Paso residents and visitors alike.
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New Playgrounds and Swings at Various City Parks The City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department has new playground equipment and swings being installed at multiple parks around the city.
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Community Development Week Celebration Photo Wall Display This year, to celebrate Community Development (CD) Week, the City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development with Museums & Cultural Affairs partnership will have a photo display on the First Floor of City Hall through April 11th. Read More...
Accessibility Committee Presents New Service Recently, the City of El Paso's Accessibility Committee and Mayor Cook presented a new ADA accessible transportation service. Read More...
Easter Weekend and Mother’s Day in the Parks Help keep our Parks Clean!!! The City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department is once again asking for the public's assistance over the Easter and Mother's Day weekends for their support to help in cleaning-up after family festivities in the parks. Read More...
Free Classical Music Concerts The El Paso Public Library and the Piatigorsky Foundation present internationally renowned soprano Raquela Sheeran accompanied by Efi Hackmey in a series of five concerts at Public Library facilities in March. The concerts are free and open to the public. Read More...
Life-sized Elephant Sculpture Display at the El Paso Zoo through March 26 The El Paso Zoo will host a life sized sculpture of an African elephant from March 15-26.   "Nomkhubulwane" (Nom-koo-bull-wah'-nee) will be at the Zoo to help draw attention to the problem elephants are having co-existing with people in Africa where elephants are still killed for their ivory tusks and are using habitat from expanding farmlands and logging. Read More...
El Paso Zoo Launches New Website The El Paso Zoo has launched a new, official website, Zoo officials announced today. The new website is extremely user-friendly and will adequately portray the experience the El Paso Zoo offers. Read More...
Community Development Week in El Paso Come Celebrate 2010 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK, taking place April 5th through April 10th. Read More...


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