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Local Louisiana Voters Approve School Board Tax Increase

  • Apr 25, 2012 | Susan McLain

Vendors in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana will “…begin collecting a new half-cent sales tax that voters approved Saturday.” The half-cent increase “….raises the School Board’s total sales tax levy to 3 percent.”

The previous two years have seen a few sales tax increases to support education. In 2010, “…voters approved a new…half-cent sales tax dedicated, in part, to technology improvements and paying for state-mandated foreign language instruction in elementary schools.”

A loss in state funds has been seen due to declining enrollments, “…apparently because of economic and other external factors.” The additional revenues are not only needed to substitute for the loss, and also provide for unfunded mandates “…such as training during the summer for the transition to a national core curriculum.”

The “…parishwide tax rate will be 9 percent effective July 1.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”