NEWS

Iberville sales tax receipts remain up

Deidre Cruse

Iberville’s parishwide sales tax collections for the first quarter of the year were up by some $2.8 million compared to 2008, according to the latest report from the Iberville Parish Sales Tax Department.

Parish Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr. issued the report late last week.

Sales taxes fund much of local governmental activity here, and are a key economic indicator.

The increase included some $300,000 from a new one-third cent sales tax that went into effect in January. The tax increase was the final increment in a one-cent sales tax for the Iberville Parish Council and local municipalities; approved by voters in 2006, it has been phased in at one-third of a cent per year.

Through March, parishwide taxes totaled just over $12 million, compared to $9.2 million for the first quarter of 2008.

In March, parishwide collections were $3.27 million, compared to $2.9 million in March of last year.

The Iberville Parish Council and the parish’s six municipalities shared $1.7 million from two and two-thirds cents in sales taxes, an increase of nearly $252,000 compared to March 2008.

The Iberville Parish School Board, which levies a two percent sales tax, received $1.32 million, an increase of just over $66,600.

The one-third cent Solid Waste Tax that pays for residential garbage collections produced $221,139, an increase of $11,102.

A two percent tax on hotel and motel room rentals that funds tourist promotions yielded $10,023 last month, an increase of $7,046 over March 2008.

The City of St. Gabriel, which levies a one-third cent sales tax within its corporate borders, received $90,485 last month, an increase of $54,768 over the previous March.

For the first quarter, St. Gabriel’s tax produced $281,560, an increase of nearly $150,000.