NEWS

What bad economy? Sales tax take improves

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

Iberville's parishwide sales tax collections reached $4.18 million last month, an improvement of nearly $540,000 over the previous July, according to the latest report from the Sales Tax Department.

For the year to date, collections totaled $34.2 million, an increase of more than $5 million over the same period of 2009.

The figures are from a report released last week by Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr.

Last month, the Iberville Parish Council and the parish's six municipalities shared in $2.2 million from two and two-thirds cents in sales taxes, an increase of $301,836 over the previous July.

The Iberville Parish School Board, which collects two percent in sales taxes, received nearly $1.7 million, an increase of $201,493.

The one-third cent Solid Waste Tax that pays for residential garbage collections produced $282,644, an increase of $34,230.

The two percent tax on hotel and motel room rentals yielded $3,472, a $124 increase. The tax is used to support tourist promotions.

The City of St. Gabriel, the only municipality with a separate sales tax within its corporate limits, received $90,171 from its one-cent tax, an increase of $14,804. The tax was increased last October from one-third of a cent to a full cent on the dollar.

For the year to date, St. Gabriel's tax has produced $721,374, an increase of $192,528.