Proposed sales tax may go before all St. Mary voters
Parish and city officials may be asking St. Mary voters to approve a new sales tax in November.
St. Mary Parish Council members will consider a resolution Wednesday proposing an election on Nov. 4 to ask voters to approve the levy of a seven-tenths of 1 percent sales tax.
The proceeds would be allocated to the Sheriff’s Office with the remainder split among the parish and its five municipalities based on population, according to parish Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange.
If approved by voters the sales tax rate in the parish would rise from 8 cents on the dollar to 8.7 cents. In Morgan City the rate would be 9 cents since residents there are levied an additional three-tenths approved by voters in 2011. The latter will expire after 12 years and is dedicated to road repairs. Four percent of both totals are dedicated to the state.
Tabulation of an average of sales taxes collected over the past three years indicates the new tax would generate around $7.2 million per year with the sheriff’s share at $3.6 million and the parish’s at $1.4 million. LaGrange said the parish and municipal shares would be dedicated to law enforcement, and road and drainage improvements.
The council meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the fifth floor of the courthouse, 501 Main St., in Franklin.