- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Officials say sales taxes in a key commercial section of Donaldsonville rose by 2 cents on the dollar to 11 cents after a last-minute tax-sharing deal failed to materialize.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1lBGYN2 ) efforts continue to reach an agreement and bring sales tax rates in the 750-acre area along La. Highway 3089 back to the 9 percent charged in the rest of Donaldsonville.

“With no council agreement, as of today, the 11 percent kicks in,” City Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin said Tuesday.

The old agreement that ended Monday included a benchmark that allowed Donaldsonville to collect $1.75 million in sales tax revenue citywide before the sheriff and parish could collect any share of sales tax from the annexation area.

The parish has been pushing for a 50-50 share in the annexation area without a revenue benchmark. Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan has said such a deal would leave the city short $250,000 per year while still responsible for providing services.

Parish Councilman Chris Loar has raised concerns that a deal outside a 50-50 tax share could set precedents for other annexation agreements in the parish.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com