LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish public officials worried about a slide in sales taxes can relax, as January’s numbers show an $800,000 increase. 

Overall, Livingston Parish collected $11,893,782 in sale taxes last month, up from $11,081.980 in December, according to the Livingston Parish School Board’s tax office, which collects the numbers. 

December’s tax total was down from November by almost $1.5 million, creating concern that the slide might become a trend.   

Through seven months of this fiscal year, sales taxes have brought in $70,257,416, or 26.3 percent more than the $55,617,386 through the first seven months of the 2015-16 fiscal year. 

The two economic development districts in the parish showed the greatest gains. 

The Juban Crossing Economic Development District took in $406,613 in January, an increase of $277,524 over December’s $131,089. 

For the fiscal year, the district is still 13 percent behind the $1,430,350 it took in to this fiscal in the 2015-16 year. So far this fiscal year, it was collected $1,239,568. 

The Denham Springs Economic Development District, the Bass Pro development, took in $548,981 last month, an increase of $210,659 over December’s $338,334. 

The development district is only 1 percent behind what it took in through seven months of the 2015-16 fiscal year ($2,378,1340). For the past seven months, the tax has brought in $2,358,996. 

The motor vehicle sales tax continued its decline, falling by $1,187,657. The tax brought in $2,144.031 in January, compared to $3,331,688 in December, which was itself less than November. 

Still, the motor vehicle tax has a $19,258,497 total this fiscal year, an increase of 114 percent over last fiscal year’s $9,001,995 at this point. 

Three parishwide sales taxes showed slight increases. 

The Livingston Parish Council’s one-cent sales tax rook in $2,125,990 in January, a rise of $25,266. That is still 26 percent higher than the $1,685,217 collected in January 2015.  

It also is 30.8 percent more collected in the first seven months of this fiscal year ($13,157.902) than collected to this point in 2015 ($10,062,205)  

The law enforcement half-cent sales tax generated $1,088.943 in January, an increase of $30,248 over December’s $1,058.695. 

Compared to January 2015 ($866,112), last month was 26 percent higher. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the tax has brought in $6,657,701, a 30 percent increase over 2015-16’s $5,121,910.   

The Livingston Parish School Board’s two-cent sales tax collected $4,412,571, an increase of $143,190 from December’s $3,514,245. 

January’s collection is 25.56 percent higher than that of January 2016 ($3,514,245).

The seven-month total this fiscal year is $26,873,324, a 29.62 percent increase over $20,732,600 to this point of the 2015-16 fiscal year. 

The School Board half-cent sales tax also brought in $961,598, a $16,745 rise from December’s $944,853. January’s total is 26.14 percent higher than the $762,315 collected in January 2016. 

The seven-month total this fiscal year is $5,861,064, a 29.6 percent increase over $4,522,255 to this point of the 2015-16 fiscal year. 

The parish hotel/motel tax of 3 cents showed a $13,417 drop in January compared to December’s $38,633.  

For the first seven months of this fiscal year, the tax has brought in $215,238, 3 percent more than it did through the same period in the 2015-16 fiscal year ($208,031). 

Five parish municipalities each showed slight sales tax increases. 

Denham Springs’ 1½-cent tax brought in $861,708 in January, an increase of $93,259 over December’s $768,549.  

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $4,761,032, an increase of 8.6 percent over the last fiscal year’s $4,384,612. 

Walker’s 1½-cent tax collected $514,382, an increase of $37,334 over December’s $476,948. 

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $3,183,204, an increase of 36.2 percent over the last fiscal year’s $2,337,161. 

Springfield’s 2-cent tax took $38,530, an increase of $4,323 over last month’s $34,207. 

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $252,602, a drop of 6.7 percent over the last fiscal year’s $270,704. 

Albany’s 1-cent tax brought in $35,426, an increase of $599 over December’s $34,827.   

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $246,507, an increase of 15 percent over the last fiscal year’s $214,182. 

Livingston’s 1-cent tax collected $60,363, an increase of $309 from December’s $60,054.  

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $360,651, an increase of 34 percent over the last fiscal year’s $269,886. 

Two of three drainage districts – all with half-cent taxes -- saw declines in sales taxes compared with December. 

Drainage District 1 saw its sales tax drop by $45,120, from $211,656 in January after taking in $236,776 in December  

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $1,428,602, an increase of 54 percent over the last fiscal year’s $929,616. 

Drainage District 5 also saw its sales tax drop $1,064, from $223,197 in January when compared to $224,261 in December. 

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $1,418,284, an increase of 36.7 percent over the last fiscal year’s $1,037,438. 

Meanwhile, Drainage District 2 saw a sales tax increase by $2,380, taking in $122,813 last month as compared to $120,433 in December. 

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $735,740, an increase of 31 percent over the last fiscal year’s $559,960. 

School District 22 showed a slight gain in sales tax of $6,062, taking in $240,89 in January, compared to $234,927 in December. 

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $1,438,323, an increase of 31.85 percent over the last fiscal year’s $1.090.868. 

School District 33 also showed an increase in sales tax by $3,785, from $13,058 in January compared to $9,273 in December. 

The total for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $68,789, an increase of 2.04 percent over the last fiscal year’s $67,416. 

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