Sales Tax collection positive in January
There was a 63 percent increase, along with a 22 percent and a 15 percent increase in sales tax collection for some entities in the parish in January.
Abbeville had a spike of 15 percent in sales tax collection, while Vermilion Parish Tourism Commission had a whopping 63 percent increase in sales in the month of January.
Because hotels and motels were full in the parish, the tourist commission collected $16,000 or $6,000 more than a year ago.
Abbeville collected $38,000 more in taxes this past January for a total monthly collection of $290,000.
The Village of Maurice bounced back after a negative month in December. The Village’s collection was up 22 percent for a total of $38,200.
Even the Kaplan Hospital Service District 1 had a spike of 10 percent in collections for a total of $111,000.
The School Board., Sheriff’s Department and Police Jury all had positive gains of about 3.5 percent.
The School Board collected $603,000, while the Police Jury collected $905,000 and the Sheriff Department had $448,000 in sales tax collections.
Not all of the sales tax collection was good news, however.
Down the road, Kaplan had a decrease of $5,000 and collected $51,000.
The town of Gueydan had the biggest decline in sales tax collection. Gueydan had a drop of 39 percent of about $8,000. Gueydan collected $13,000 compared to $21,000 a year ago.
Delcambre had a $1,000 increase, while Erath’s tax collection was down a $1,000. Delcambre collected $13,500 while Erath collected $19,000.