LIVINGSTON -- Livingston Parish’s sales taxes got a shot in the arm with $9.6 million generated in April, the second-highest month in the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to the monthly tax report.
But even with that, the total taxes collected in the parish still lags behind the 2017-18 fiscal year after 10 months by slightly more than $62,000.
The Livingston Parish School Board Sales Tax Office, which tracks tax information from 17 governmental bodies, municipalities and taxing districts, reported $9,670,616 in April.
That is an increase of $2,133,570 from March, but still $584,256 less than what came in for April 2018.
With two months left in the 2018-19 fiscal year, the parish has taken in $85,929,289, or $62,287 less than in the previous fiscal year.
A look at tax numbers generated through shopping and big-ticket items highlights at the economic strength of the parish economy.
The Denham Springs Economic Development District – the Bass Pro development – took in $433,899 in April, an increase of $72,888 from the previous month.
After 10 months of the fiscal year, the district has taken in $3,998,635, an increase of $253,288 over the previous year.
The Juban Crossing Economic Development District accounted for $330,436 in April, an increase of $18,033 from March. That also was $20,400 more than brought in for April 2018.
With two months left in the 2018-19 fiscal year, the district has a total of $2,904,978, an increase of $229,079 over the 2017-18 fiscal year.
The 3-cent hotel/motel tax generated $33,018 last month, an increase of $8,007 over March.
After 10 months of the fiscal year, the tax has totaled $276,486, an increase of $3,728 for the same period in the previous fiscal year.
The motor vehicle tax brought in $1,276,903, its third-best month of the fiscal year and an increase of $277,361 over March’s numbers.
Still in overall numbers, it was a drop of $296,578 from the $12,299,703 collected in 2018.