Sales tax receipts show good November a good month here

Deidre Cruse

The sagging national economy notwithstanding, Iberville’s parishwide sales tax revenues reached nearly $3.8 million in November.

That is nearly $900,000 higher than collections in November 2007, according to the latest report from the Sales Tax Department just released by Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr.

Collections for the first 11 months of the year showed sales taxes only $800,000 behind those of 2007, a record year for collections. So far, parishwide taxes have produced some $36.5 million, compared to $37.3 for the same period of 2007.

The totals for this year do, however, include the proceeds of a new one-third cent sales tax. In November, the new tax accounted for just over $243,000 of the total.

Last month, the Iberville Parish Council and the parish’s six municipalities shared in $1.87 million from two and one-third cents in sales taxes, an increase of nearly $536,000 over November 2007.

The School Board, which levies two cents in sales taxes, received more than $1.6 million, an increase of nearly $300,000.

The one-third cent Solid Waste Fund received some $273,000, an increase of nearly $50,000 over the previous November.

The two percent tax on hotel and motel room rentals produced $3,486, an increase of $3,243.

The City of St. Gabriel, which levies a separate one-third cent tax within its corporate limits, took in nearly $57,000, an increase of just over $7,000 compared to the previous November.

For the year to date, St. Gabriel’s separate tax has produced nearly $582,000, an increase of nearly $86,000.