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Cleco announces long-term payment plan for customers

To help customers facing financial challenges related to COVID-19, Cleco temporarily suspended service disconnects and late fees beginning March 13 through Aug. 31.
“We recently received direction from our state regulatory agency, the Louisiana Public Service Commission, informing us that disconnects and assessments of late fees can resume after July 16, and payment plans for past due bills can be created for up to 12 months,” said Shane Hilton, president of Cleco Power.

Frontline workers can apply for $250 COVID-19 rebates

Beginning Wednesday, eligible Louisiana residents could apply for $250 rebates related to essential work performed during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Act 12 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature provides for a one-time rebate for eligible workers earning $50,000 per year or less, who spent at least 200 hours responding to or mitigating the COVID-19 crisis from March 22 through May 14.

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Parish sales tax collections up in June

Sales tax collections in St. Landry Parish were up in June in several comparisons despite the impact of the coronavirus.
Total sales tax collections in the parish were up 5.3% over the same period in 2019. Collections totaled $37,292,727 from January to June, up $1,888,610 over the same period in 2019.
The June figures primarily reflect sales in May.
The parish sales and use tax total includes collections for the parish government, School Board, solid waste, law enforcement, special tax districts and municipalities.
The total doesn’t include state sales taxes.

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Sheriff explains mask mandate

St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputies will only become involved in enforcing the state’s masking requirement if management requests them, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said in a statement.
Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation effective Monday that included a requirement for the wearing of facial covers (masks covering the mouth and nose) at any commercial establishment and government buildings open to the public whether indoor or outdoor where strict social distancing cannot be maintained.

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