Sales tax take slips in October

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

Iberville's parishwide sales tax collections dropped by just over $300,000 in October compared to the previous year, but remained on track to set a new record for annual collections, according to the latest report from the Iberville Sales Tax Department.

Last month's collections totaled more than $3.6 million, compared to $3.9 million in October 2008. For the year to date, however, collections totaled more than $45.6 million, $6.2 million ahead of those of 2009, and a record year for collections.

Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr. released the October report last week.

The Iberville Parish Council and the parish's six municipalities shared in $1.9 million from two and two-thirds cents in sales taxes, some $138,000 less than in October 2009.

The Iberville Parish School Board, with a two-cent levy, took in $1.46 million, down more than $140,000 compared to the previous October.

The one-third cent Solid Waste tax that pays for residential garbage collections produced $244,527, a $22,795 decrease.

The two percent tax on hotel and motel rooms yielded $2,834, an $88 increase.

The City of St. Gabriel, which levies its own one-cent tax within its corporate limits, received $108,700, an increase of more than $50,900. For the year to date, St. Gabriel has received $953,443 from its separate tax, a $280,830 increase.

St. Gabriel increased its sales tax from one-third to a full cent on the dollar in October 2009.