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Louisiana Voters Approve Local Sales Taxes


 Local sales tax in Louisiana.

Sales tax made the ballot in several Louisiana local elections held April 9, 2016. Results suggest Louisianans are willing to pay a bit more sales tax to fund essential services.

Unofficial results:

  • Ruston voters approved 20-year sales tax increase of 0.75%.
  • Voters in West Monroe extended an expiring 1% sales tax for 10 more years, beginning January 1, 2017.
  • Franklin Parish voters approved the renewal of a 0.5%, 5-year sales tax (beginning January 1, 2018) that funds the operating costs of the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Voters in Franklin Parish also approved the renewal of a 0.5% 10-year School Board sales and use tax , beginning July 1, 2017.

However, not all sales and use tax proposals were approved. Proposed economic development district sales taxes in Ouachita Parish were rejected. All election results are available at the Louisiana Secretary of State.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.