Emphasis on census: Gulotta eyes extra funds

Deidre Cruse

Plaquemine Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta wants to encourage  residents to make sure they are counted in the 2010 census, since it could mean more sales tax revenues for the city.

“I think we need to do direct mail to the people,” Gulotta told the Board of Selectmen at a special meeting last week. He wants to call attention to the census questionnaires scheduled to go out in a few weeks.

If the city shows population growth, it could mean the city would receive a larger portion of the one-cent sales tax voters approved in 2006, the mayor said.

The sales tax proposition guarantees the parish government 50 percent of the tax proceeds regardless of population shifts, but Plaquemine could get part of 2.5 percent – about $3 million a year – that could be divided among any of the six municipalities that show growth.

“Three million dollars is a lot of money,” Gulotta said.