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Centralized sales tax collections a priority for small business

The Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business is lining up behind a constitutional amendment that would — over time and without definitive directives — create a centralized sales tax collection system in the Bayou State. While some details of the plan remain murky, the amendment’s purpose is clear. Rather than retailers and other businesses paying local sales taxes in each individual parish, there would be a one-stop shop on the state level.

Council kicks ankle bracelet deal back

An agreement to pay $10 a day for ankle bracelets on parish inmates was rejected by the St. Landry Parish Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee.
Councilman Harold Taylor, who is not a member of the committee, urged the agreement be renegotiated with St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.
At the March 7 meeting, Taylor said the ankle bracelets used to monitor inmates cost $5 a day for use on adults and juveniles. The agreement called for a $10 a day fee for adults.
“For the life of me I don’t understand why we’ve got to pay $10,” Taylor said.

Parish sales tax collections up 8.2% over last year

St. Landry Parish sales tax collections were up 8.2 percent compared to the first two months of 2018.
The parish total for January and February was $12,210,130, up $929,742 from 2018’s first two-month total, according to statistics released by the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
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 does not include state collections.

Bicycle registration program is near

Eunice Police plan a day of registering bicycles on March 23, according to Police Chief Randy Fontenot, who gave an update on the program at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Aldermen approved two ordinance amendments — one setting a $5 registration fee and the other setting out the registration program — that puts the bicycle control program in place.
The registration program requires bicycles operated on public roads to be registered through the police department.

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