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LIVINGSTON – The Christmas shopping season gave the Livingston Parish economy a shot in the arm in sales taxes, but seven months into the fiscal year, the overall numbers still lag behind.

January’s sales tax report, which reflects December’s levels, shows Livingston Parish generated $9,705,543, an increase of $1,533,840 over December’s $8,172,703., according to the Livingston Parish School Board Sales Tax Office.

Compared to January 2017, this January’s total is down 18 percent, or $2,187,239.

For the first 7 months of the 2017-18 fiscal year, sales taxes have brought in $60,846,637. This is 13.4 percent less – or $9,410,779 -- than the first seven months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, which took in: $70,257,416. 

Two of the economic indicators for the parish, two retail shopping-based districts both showed gains.

The Juban Crossing Economic Development District accounted for $423,188, an increase of $135,788 over December’s numbers.

This is a 4 percent increase, or $14,575, over what was collected in January 2017.

For the first 7 months of the 2017-18 fiscal year, the development district has generated $1,916,100, a 55 percent increase ($676,532) over $1,239,568 from the same time period of the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The Denham Springs Economic Development District – the Bass Pro development – brought in $461,014, an increase of $101,254 over December’s numbers.

For the first 7 months of the 2017-18 fiscal year, the district has generated $2,466,486, a 5 percent increase ($107,490) over $2,358,996 from the same time period of the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Meanwhile, two other economic indicators showed declines.

The motor vehicle sales tax collected $1,006,243, a drop of $167,638 from December. For the first 7 months of this fiscal year, the tax is 54 percent behind the same period in the last fiscal year, or $10,473,217.

The hotel/motel tax also generated $24,664, a drop of $2,196 from December. The 3-cent sales tax, after 7 months, has collected $193,393, or 10 percent less than it did in the last fiscal year ($215,238).

Three parish governmental bodies each showed month-to-month increases, although their totals lag behind what they totaled when compared with the previous fiscal year.

--Livingston Parish Council accounted for $1,696,121, an increase of $237,454 from December. After 7 months, its 1-cent tax has totaled $10,983,812, or $2,174,090 less than last year.

--Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office brought in $874,925, an increase of $127,309 from December. After 7 months, its half-cent tax has totaled $5,613,729, or $1,043,972 less than last year.

--Livingston Parish School Board collected $3,546,855, an increase of $519,408 from December. After 7 months, its 2-cent tax has totaled $22,172,075, or $4,161,249 less than last year.

--School Board half-cent tax generated $767,236, an increase of $101,215 from December. After 7 months, the tax has totaled $4,992,722, or $868,342 less than last year.

Meanwhile, School District 22 reported $190,275, an increase of $21,300 from December. After 7 months, its 1-cent tax has totaled $1,220,398, or $217,925 less than last year.

School District 33 also took in $10,495, an increase of $2,795 from December. After 7 months, its 1-cent tax has totaled $66,309, or $2,480 less than last year.

Five municipalities showed an increase in sales taxes:

--Albany accounted for $36,717, an increase of $5,277 from December. After 7 months, its 1-cent tax has totaled $232,160, or $14,347 less than last year.

--Denham Springs brought in $731,085, an increase of $92,889 from the previous month. After 7 months, its 1½-cent tax has totaled $4,754,306, or $6,726 less than last year.

--Livingston collected $58,656, an increase of $20,553 from December. After 7 months, its 1-cent tax has totaled $340,443, or $20,208 less than last year.

--Springfield generated $36,909, an increase of $3,594 from the previous month. After 7 months, its 2-cent tax has totaled $244,939, or $7,663 less than last year.

--Walker reported $411,007, an increase of $97,586 from December. After 7 months, its 1½-cent tax has totaled $2,385,229, or $797,975 less than last year.

Among three drainage districts:

--Drainage District No. 1 accounted for $168,886, an increase of $18,836 from December. After 7 months, its half-cent tax has totaled $1,057,165, or $371,437 less than last year.

--Drainage District No. 2 brought in $96,857, an increase of $10,217 from the previous month. After 7 months, its half-cent tax has totaled $624,703, or $111,037 less than last year.

--Drainage District No. 5 collected $171,645, an increase of $30,561 from December. After 7 months, its half-cent tax has totaled $1,052,615, or $365,669.

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