Iberville sales taxes start strong in ’09

Staff reports

Despite the raft of bad economic news nationally, Iberville’s parishwide January sales tax collections showed a $1.2 million improvement over January 2008, according to the latest report.

Local sales taxes totaled more than $5 million last month, including some $438,000 from a new one-third cent sales tax that went into effect last year.

Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr. released the report from the Iberville Parish Sales & Use Tax Department last week.

The Iberville Parish Council and the parish’s five municipalities received more than $2.5 million of the total, an increase of nearly $761,400 over the previous January. The increase included the proceeds of the new tax, a one-cent sales tax that was phased in at one-third cent a year; the final increment went into effect this year, though those collections have not yet been reported.

The Iberville Parish School Board received $2.16 million from the two cents in sales taxes it levies, an increase of nearly $388,000.

The one-third cent Solid Waste Fund, took in $360,808, a $64,659 increase over the previous January. The tax is used to pay for residential garbage collections and other clean-up services.

The two percent tax on hotel and motel room rentals that helps fund tourist promotions produced $2,810 last month, an $820 increase over the previous January.

In addition to the parishwide sales taxes, the City of St. Gabriel levies a separate one-third cent tax within its corporate limits. St. Gabriel’s tax produced $143,150 last month, an increase of nearly $79,230.