- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Sales tax collections in the Tangipahoa Parish city fell slightly from the month in 2012, Hammond officials said.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1fvhmKS) collections totaled $1.78 million in December, down 2.56 percent from the same month in the previous year.

In 14 of the previous 15 months, sales taxes collections reflected an increase over the same month of the previous year.

Mayor Mayson Foster told City Council members this past week that while the December collection total was disappointing, total collections for 2012 were greater than the previous year and revenue derived from the tax was above what was budgeted for the current fiscal year ending ends June 30.

For the 2012 calendar year, the city took in $18.134 in sales taxes, up from $17.205 million collected for the previous year.

“I remain very satisfied with our sales tax returns for the past year and I thank all of our residents for shopping at home and helping our city with the taxes we derive from their purchases,” Foster said.

In a related matter, Foster said revenue derived from video bingo parlors in Hammond fell from the previous year. During 2013, the city collected $700,260 from video bingo, down from $727,153 the previous year.

Receipts from video bingo have steadily declined since the city authorized the devices in late 2006. In 2007, the first full year of video bingo, the city collected $910,000.

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


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