Sales Tax collection mixed in December
Well, Vermilion Parish residents were not afraid to spend money for Christmas, based on December sales tax collection.
Kaplan, Abbeville and Delcambre all saw increases in sales tax collections in December.
Delcambre, which is still struggling after hurricanes Rita and Ike, had a 37 percent increase. The town collected $18,300 this past December, which is $5,000 more than last year.
Kaplan also had a big increase of 26 percent. Kaplan collected $61,500 or about $13,000 more than a year ago.
Abbeville had a 10 percent increase from $335,100 to $370,400.
Due to the hotels and motels being full the last couple of months, the Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission had a 68 percent increase in its collections. The Tourist Commission collected $19,200 in December or $8,000 more.
While the three cities had an increase, the Police Jury, School Board and Sheriff Department all had a decline by three percent.
The School Board collected $19,000 less ($781,000 total), the Police Jury had a drop of $31,000 ($1,171,433 total), and there was $15,000 less for the Sheriff Department ($582,475 total).
Maurice was down 19 percent or about $11,000, while Erath also saw a drop of three percent.