- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - After three years of growth, the St. Landry Parish economy seems to be off to a bad start.

According to figures released by the school board, which tracks sales tax numbers for the parish, collections in January dropped by $355,100, or 5.7 percent, when compared to the same month the year before.

For January, total sales tax collections were $5.8 million compared to $6.1 million for January 2013.

Although there are 10 communities that collect a sales tax in the parish, the parish’s revenues tend to rise or fall primarily based on collections in Opelousas and Eunice.

The Daily World reports (https://bit.ly/1fYGFrb ) those two cities collect more than three times as much in sales taxes as the other eight combined.

For January, Opelousas’ sales tax collections were flat, but Eunice’s total dropped by 4.6 percent.

Three other communities were also in the red in January.

Cankton’s sales tax collections dropped by 26.5 percent. Port Barre wasn’t far behind, posting a 21.5

But the January report wasn’t all bad news.

Arnaudville had a good month, posting a 15.4 percent increase for January. Melville, which struggled most of last year, also reported a healthy gain of 10 percent.

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Information from: The Daily World, https://www.dailyworld.com

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