Iberville on track for new sales tax high

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

Iberville's parishwide sales tax collections topped $4.1 million in September, an $808,000 improvement over September 2009, and kept the parish on track for a new record year.

For the first nine months of the year, the Iberville Parish Sales Tax Department reported, collections totaled more than $42 million, $6.5 million higher than 2009's record collections of $35.5 million. Chemical plant construction in the Plaquemine area has spurred the increases in both years.

Of the total collected in September, the Iberville Parish Council and the parish's six municipalities shared in $2.18 million from two and two-thirds cents in sales taxes, a $438,220 increase over September 2009.

The Iberville Parish School Board, which levies a two percent tax, took in $1.65 million, a $316,902 increase over the previous year.

The one-third cent Solid Waste Tax that pays for residential garbage collections produced nearly $277,000, a $53,816 improvement over the previous year.

The two percent tax on hotel and motel room rentals that funds tourist promotions yielded $3,044, a $573 decline from September 2009.

The City of St. Gabriel, which levies a separate municipal sales tax within its corporate limits, took in $6,636 in September, a $22,383 increase. The city tax, however, was raised from a third of a cent to one cent on the dollar last October.