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LIVINGSTON – Halfway through the 2018-19 fiscal year, sales taxes generated in Livingston Parish slightly trail what came in to this point in he 2017-8 fiscal year.

The Livingston Parish School Board Tax Office released the December tax totals, which showed a slight increase of over November’s totals. December’s collection numbers reflect sales activity in November, so the full effect of Christmas shopping won’t be available until the January totals are announced.

The School Board Tax Office collects information from 17 governmental bodies, municipalities and taxing districts.

For the first six months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, sales taxes generated $50,905,881. This is $234,213 less than during the first six months of the 2017-18 fiscal year. This is only 0.5 percent less when comparing the two six-month periods as the parish moves away from economic activity affected by recovery efforts from the Great Flood of 2016, now 2½ years past.   

The monthly sales taxes generated in Livingston Parish was $8,361,484 or $161,586 more than November’s $8,199,898. Compared to the December 2017 tax, December 2018 took in $188,781 more.

Two shopping centers in the western half of the parish reported strong numbers both of December and for the first half of the fiscal year.

The Denham Springs Economic Development District accounted for $423,909 in December, an increase of $73,057 over November.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the Bass Pro development brought in $2,340,719, a 17 percent increase -- $335,247 -- over the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

Meanwhile, the Juban Crossing Development District put up similar numbers, collecting $328,120 last month, an increase of $82,192 over the previous month.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, Juban Crossing generated $1,614,644, an 8 percent increase -- $121,732 -- over the first six months of fiscal 2017-18.

Two other taxes, which could be used as indicators of economic activity, both showed drops in revenue in December.

The motor vehicle tax generated $1,106,937 in December, a drop of $214,131 from November’s numbers. For the first six months of this fiscal year, the tax took in $7,273,458, a drop of $505,579 over the first six months of fiscal 2017-18.

The 3-cent hotel-motel tax also took in $28,404 last month, a drop of $2,493 from the previous month. For the first half of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the tax took in $171,279, a dip of $2,550 over the first six months of fiscal 2017-18.

Among parish governmental agencies, the Livingston Parish Council’s 1-cent sales tax accounted for $1,472,004 in December, or $9,963 less than it took in during the previous month. After six months of this fiscal year, the council’s tax has taken in $9,167,517, or $120,120 less than at this point of the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The Law Enforcement District’s half-cent sales tax for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’ Office brought in $756,835 in December, a slight dip of $219 compared to November’s numbers. For the first six months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the tax has taken in $4,686,375, or $52,429 less than it did for the same period of the 2017-8 fiscal year.

Three of five municipalities reported an increase of sales taxes in a December-to-November comparison. 

Denham Springs accounted for $598,023 with its 1.5-cent sales tax in December, an increase of $15,161 over the previous month.

But halfway through the fiscal year, the city has taken in $3,636,820 total, which is $386,401 less than it did in the same period of the previous fiscal year.   

The Town of Livingston’s 1-cent sales tax brought in $50,203, an increase of $6,405 over November’s total. For the first six months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the town has taken in $313,050, an increase of $31,263 over six months of the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Springfield collected $33,643 with its 2-cent sales tax last month, a slight increase of $824 over the previous month. The town has taken in a total of $212,911 for the first half of the fiscal year, an increase of $4,881.

Meanwhile, Walker saw revenue generated by its 1.5-cent tax drop by $14,977 to $333,919 in December. Still, for the first six months of this fiscal year, the city took in $2,037,051, an increase of $62,829 over the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

Albany also saw a slight drop from its 1-cent sales tax last month, with $40,767, a decline of $1,677 from November. For the first half of the fiscal year, the town took in $246,067, an increase of $50,624 over the first half of the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Four education-related sales taxes showed an increase in December over November, although three lagged behind their 2017-18 totals halfway through the 2018-19 year.  

The Livingston Parish School Board’s 2-cent sales tax accounted for $3,072,221 last month, an increase of $9,771 over November. For the first six months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the tax has taken in $18.8987,320, or $177,900 less than it did over six months of the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The School Board’s half-cent sales tax brought in $668,732 last month, an increase of $6,336 over the previous month. For the first half of the fiscal year, the tax took in $4,139,845, or $94,641 less than it took in for the same period in fiscal 2017-18.

School District 22’s 1-cent sales tax collected $168,709 in December, an increase of $1,276 over November. For the first six months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the tax has taken in $1,011,847, or $18,276 less it did over six months of the 2017-18 fiscal year.

School District 33’s 1-cent sales tax generated $11,144 last month, an increase of $3,107 over the previous month. For the first half of the fiscal year, the tax has taken in $56,189, or $475 more than it did for the first six months of fiscal 2017-18.

Meanwhile, two of three drainage districts saw their half-cent sales tax revenue increase in December. 

Drainage District 1 accounted for $143,374, an increase $3,261. For the first half of the fiscal year, the district has taken in $864,642, or $13,637 less than it took in for six months of fiscal 2017-18.

Drainage District 2 brought in $86,313, an increase $627. For the first half of the fiscal year, the district has taken in $518,920, or $8.926 less than in the previous fiscal year.

But Drainage District 5 collected $145,156, a drop of $11,539. For the first half of the fiscal year, the district has taken in $909,534, an increase of $28,564 from 2017-18.

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