St. Mary Parish sales tax revenues on the rise
MORGAN CITY, La. -- St. Mary Parish sales and use tax collections continue to trend upward, according to figures released on Monday by the parish’s Sales and Use Tax Department.
The $28,046,313 collected during the first eight months of sales and use tax collections, including audits, is up almost $2.5 million over the same period last year — an increase of 9.6 percent.
For the fifth consecutive month the parish revenue collections from the sales and use tax has increased. The parish collected $3,525,927 in August from the parish-wide 3.7 percent sales and use tax, which is an increase of $472,000 from the non-audited July collection.
The total August collection was lower than the total July collection due to a record $1.7 million collected after a department audit collection which accounted for more than 30 percent of the July collection of nearly $5.6 million. There were no audit collections by examination reported in August. More than $2.1 million has been collected from examinations through the first eight months of 2103.
The August tax collection translates into a little more than $95 million in reported taxable sales and activities during July.
The revenue collections translate into an increased reported taxable sales and activity in the parish of $66 million over the first eight months of 2013 compared to the same period last year.
The August collection of the 4 percent hotel-motel tax in July was down but the collection of $492,734 through eight months remains $97,000 higher than the same period last year; a 25 percent increase. The August collection of $62,181 for July occupancy was down about $1,300 from the previous month; a 2 percent decline.
The parish collects an additional 0.3 percent sales tax parish wide which was $200,668 in August with just over $1.6 million collected through the first eight months.
The 0.3 percent sales tax collected in August for Morgan City was $85,197. Another 0.3 percent sales tax in the city limits has been collected since January 2012. The August tax collection for the road tax was $84,974; for the year $492,744. Morgan City Mayor Frank Grizzaffi said that tax is dedicated to roads, sidewalks and the riverfront.
Occupational licenses for the parish and the municipalities of Morgan City, Patterson, Berwick, Franklin and Baldwin totaled $4,594. The tax department has collected nearly $1.6 million through eight months for occupational licenses.
Taxes and fees are distributed to respective entities after a 5 percent cost of collections reduction.
The St. Mary Parish School Board received $1.64 million in the distribution of the August collections which is $13.16 million for the first eight months of the year.
Morgan City received about $386,000 in the distribution, $3.15 million through August; Patterson received about $190,000 in the distribution, $1.46 million through August; Berwick received about $154,000 in the distribution, $1.22 million through August.
The Parish Council got about $549,000 in the distribution, which is about $4.4 million through the first eight months; the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received about $234,000 which brings the total through August to about $1.88 million for the Sheriff’s Office.
Recreation District 1 got about $24,855 in the distribution, which is $260,451 through the first eight months.