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Six months into the 2017-18 fiscal year, sales tax totals are behind the first six months of fiscal 2016-17.

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LIVINGSTON – The start of the Christmas shopping season coincided with the halfway point of the 2017-18 fiscal year for sales taxes in Livingston Parish, but the numbers were not too cheerful.

A total of $8,172,703 was reported in sales taxes in December to the Livingston Parish School Board Sales Tax Office, which tracks 19 governmental agencies and taxing districts,

For the first six months of the 2017-8 fiscal year, a total of $51,140,094 in sales taxes were collected in the parish

That is $7,223540, or 12.4 percent less than the first six month of the 2016-17 fiscal year ($58,363,634).

At the midpoint of this fiscal year, most of the agencies that report to the Sales Tax Office had collected less than they did for the first six months of 2016-17. The average decline was from 13 percent to 15 percent.

The December numbers reflect sales tax activity reported from November and take in the Thanksgiving holiday and start of Christmas shopping.

The January sales tax report will reflect the full Christmas shopping season.

Governmental bodies will soon begin to work on projections for their next budget and may have to take into account that less revenue from sales taxes will be available.

But not all of the reports were negative

The Juban Crossing Economic Development District continues its rebound after the Great Flood of 2016 closed most of its retail stores.

The district accounted for $287,400 in December, a decline of $73,548 from November, but when compared to December 2016, the Juban Crossing shopping center showed a $156,311 increase.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the district totaled $1,492,912, an increase of $661,959 over the same period in 2016-17.

The Denham Springs Economic Development District – the Bass Pro development – brought in $359,760, also an increase of $60,027 over November’s numbers.

Compared with December 2016, it was an increase of 6 percent, or $21,426 more in sales taxes.

After six months of this fiscal year, the development has totaled $2,005,472, an increase of 11 percent, or $195,457, over the $1,810,015 brought in for the same period in 2016-17.

The 3-cent hotel-motel sales tax collected $26,860, a dip of $1,288 from last month. Compared with December 2016, the sales tax was 30 percent down, or $11,773.

After six months of this fiscal year, the tax has totaled $168,729, an 11 percent drop, or $21,293 less than the first six months of the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The largest monthly drop came with the motor vehicle tax, which generated $1,173,881 in December, a $106,264 drop from November. Compared with December 2016, the tax brought in $2,157,807 less, a 65 percent drop

After six months of this fiscal year, the tax has generated $7,779,037, or $9,335,429 less than the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

A couple of municipalities also saw an increase in sales tax revenue from November.

Denham Springs took in $638,196, an increase of $8,877 over last month. Compared with December 2016, it was a drop of $130,353.

After six months of this fiscal year, the city’s 1½-cent sales tax has totaled $4,023,221, an increase of $123,897 over the same periodin the previous year.

Springfield also reported a month-to-month increase, accounting for $33,315 in December. This is an increase of $2,135 over November.

Compared with December 2016, it is still a dip of $802.

After six months of this fiscal year, the town’s 2-cent sales tax has totaled $208,030, or 46,402 less than it took in after the first six months of 2016-17.

Walker brought in $313,421 in December, a drop of $7,993 from November. Compared with December 2016, this was $163,527 less.

After six months of this fiscal year, the city has brought in $1,974,222, or 26 percent -- $694,600 -- less than it totaled after the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

Albany collected $31,440 in December in sales taxes, a drop of $4,810 from the previous month. Compared with December 2016, it also was $3,387 less.

After six months of this fiscal year, the town’s 1-cent sales tax has totaled $195,443. This is $15,638 less than it totaled for the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

The Town of Livingston’s 1-cent sales tax generated $38,103, a dip of $3,758 from November. Compared with December 2016, it was a drop of $21,951.

After six months of this fiscal year, the town has totaled $281,787, or $18,501 less from the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Among parish governmental agencies, The Sheriff’s Office accounted for $747,616 in December, a drop of $16,049 from November.

Compared with December 2016, this was a $311,979 decline, or 29 percent drop.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the half-cent tax totaled $4,738,804, a drop of $829.954 from the same period in fiscal 2016-17.

The Livingston Parish Council’s 1-cent sales tax brought in $1,458,667 in December, a drop of $41,507 from November. Compared with December 2016, this was a 31 percent drop, or $642,066.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the council’s sales tax totaled $9,287,691, a drop of $1,744,212 from the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

The School Board’s 2-cent sales tax collected $3,027,447 in December, a drop of $58,789 from November. Compared with December 2016, this was a 29 percent drop, or $1,241,934 less.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the school tax totaled $19,165,220, a drop of $3,295,533, or 14.6 percent.

The school system’s half-cent sales tax generated $666,021 in December, a drop of $15,973 from November. Compared with December 2016, this was $278,832 less.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the school tax totaled $4,225,486, a drop of $673,980 from the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

School District 22’s 1-cent tax took in $168,975 in December, a dip of $5,692 from November. Compared with December 2016, this was $65,952 less.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the tax totaled $1,030,123, or $167,211 less.

Meanwhile, School District 33’s 1-cent tax took in $7,700, a small increase of $495 over November’s total. Compared with December 2016, this was still $1,573 less.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the tax totaled $55,814, an increase of $83 over the first half of the previous fiscal year.

Two of three drainage districts that report to the Sales Tax Office showed a drop in sales taxes from November.

Drainage District 2 took in $86,640, a drop of $3,082. For the first six months of this fiscal year, the half-cent sales tax totaled $527,846, a drop of $85,081 over the first half of the previous fiscal year.

Drainage District 5 took in $141,084, a drop of $3,730. For the first six months of this fiscal year, the half-cent sales tax totaled $880,970, a drop of $314,117 over the first half of the previous fiscal year.

But Drainage District 1 took in $150,050, a $5,643 increase. For the first six months of this fiscal year, the half-cent sales tax totaled $888,279, a drop of $328,667 over the first half of the previous fiscal year.

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