LIVINGSTON – March’s sale tax report for Livingston Parish, reflecting February sales, showed a smaller drop than usually seen, according to numbers collected by the Livingston Parish School Board Tax Office.

Six public bodies the School Board collects sales tax for showed an increase in February sales tax from January levels.

They included both the Juban Crossing Economic Development District and the Denham Springs Economic Development District.

Meanwhile, Springfield snapped a two-month drop with a slight increase in its sales taxes, the only parish municipality to see a rise.

Overall, sales taxes generated $8,652,133 in Livingston Parish, a decline of $344,023 from $8,996,156 collected in February.

Still, the March total is 25 percent higher than that collected in March 2016 ($6,924,093).

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, $87,905,705 has been reported, 26.1 percent more than the sales tax taken in for the same time period of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Juban Crossing Economic Development District accounted for $229,998 in March, a 36 percent increase when compared with March 2016’s $169,185.

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal, the development district has generated $1,672,821, a drop of 5 percent from the $1,753,121 collected in the first nine months of fiscal 2015-16.

The Denham Springs Economic Development District, the Bass Pro project, also showed an increase of $14,149 last month to $303,551. In March 2016, the district took in $343,993.

For the first three quarters of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the district has collected $2.951,949, a dip of only 2 percent from $3,007,099 for the same time period in 2015-16.

The Livingston Parish Council’s 1-cent sales tax brought in $1,583,531 in March, a drop of $80,685 from the previous month. Compared with March 2016’s $1,246,316, last month’s sales tax showed a 27 percent increase.

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the council’s sales tax brought in $16,405,649, an increase of 29.9 percent over the $12,628,684 collected for the same time period in 2015-16.

The half-cent law enforcement tax for the Sheriff’s Office saw a drop of $38,645 to $806,368 in March. Compared with March 2016’s $633,904, it is still a 27 percent increase.

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the sales tax brought in $8,309,082, an increase of 29.3 percent over the $6,425,650 collected for the same time period in fiscal 2015-16.

The School Board’s 2-cent tax accounted for $3,257,609 in March, a drop of $152,512 from last month. This is still 26.6 percent more than the $2,571,773 from March 2016.

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax brought in $33,541,054, an increase of 28.9 percent compared with the same time period in 2015-16 ($26,012,860).

Its half-cent tax also brought in $719,072 last month, a dip of $31,335 from February. This is still 29.9 percent more than the $553,231 from March 2016.

For the first three quarters of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax has collected $7,330,543, an increase of 29.2 percent over the $5,673,250 for the same time period of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

In other school-related taxes, School District 22 had good news, collecting $184,832 in March, a jump of $5,472 from last month. This is 24.6 percent more than the $148,342 collected in March 2016.

With three months to go in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the 1-ent sales tax has brought in $1,802,515, 29.9 percent more than it did for the first nine months of the 2015-16 fiscal year ($1,386,713).

School District 33’s tax generated $9,714 last month, a drop of $1,730 from February’s collection. This is still 20.75 percent more than March 2016 ($8.045).

With one quarter left in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the district tax has accounted for $89,917, 8.6 percent more than it did for three-fourths of the 2015-16 year ($82,728).

The motor vehicle tax collected $1,467,604 in March, a drop of $268,226. This is 26 percent ahead of the $1,168,216 collected in March 2016.

With three months to go in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax has accounted for $22,461,931, 96 percent more than the $11,474,168 from the first nine months of 2015-16.

The hotel/motel 3-cent generated a slight increase of $1,634 last month to total $32,145. In March 2016, the tax brought in $24,983.

With one quarter left in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax has collected $277,894, an 8 percent increase from $256,303 from the same time period of 2015-16.

Denham Springs’ 1½-cent sales tax accounted for $654,958 in March, a dip of $5,421 from last month. This is still 24 percent more than the $526,907 from March 2016.

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax has brought in $6,086369, 11.4 percent more than the $5,462,517 from the same fiscal period of 2015-16.

Walker’s 1½-cent sales tax brought in $361,972 last month, a decline of $30,956 from February. This is still 17 percent more than the $308,586 from March 2016.

For the first three quarters of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the city has collected $3,938,104, 34.7 percent more than the $2,924,406 reported for 2015-16.

Springfield’s 2-cent sales tax collected $32,215 in March, an increase of $472 from last month. This is still 15 percent more than the $28,023 from March 2016.

With three months to go in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax has accounted for $316,560, a drop of 5.2 percent from the $333,962 from the same fiscal period of 2015-16.

Albany’s 1-cent sales tax generated $30,468 last month, a dip of $401 from February. This is still 16 percent more than the $26,248 from March 2016.

With one quarter left in the 2016-17 fiscal year, Albany has brought in $307,844, 15 percent more than the $267,703 reported for 2015-16.

Livingston’s 1-cent sales tax took in $44,680 in March, a drop of $13,064 from last month. This is still a dramatic 228 percent more than the $13,624 from March 2016.

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax has generated $463,075, 39 percent more the $333,535 from the same fiscal period of 2015-16.

Three drainage districts monitored by the School Board are 30 percent or more ahead at this point of the fiscal year compared with last year.

Drainage District No. 1’s tax accounted for $145,159 reported in March, a drop of $17,752 from February. This is still 34 percent above the $108,424 from March 2016.

For the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the district took in $1,736,672, an increase of 49 percent from last year.  

Drainage District No. 2’s tax brought in $95,083, an increase of $2,198 from February. This is an increase of 26 percent above the $75,638 from March 2016.

For the first three quarters of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the district took in $923,708, an increase of 30 percent from last year.

Drainage District No. 5 collected $160,768, a drop of $12,221 from February. This is still an increase of 17 percent above the $130,862 from March 2016.

With three months to go in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the district took in $1752,041, an increase of 34.9 percent from last year.

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Kevin Fambrough is a reporter at the Livingston Parish News. He can be reached at kevinf@livingstonparishnews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @fambroughkevin.

 

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