Chamber presents resolution to council for tax agreement with parish; accepted

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley

The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce president Paul Landry, IV presented to the city council a resolution for the city and parish to return to a tax agreement that was in place prior to April 1.

The council accepted the resolution by Landry and the Chamber to support city officials in their efforts to return the tax structure in the annexed area where Wal-Mart is to its previous agreement over the last decade.

On April 1, the tax rate jumped from nine percent to 11 percent in the annexed area of the city, which includes major retailers such as Wal-Mart.

On a motion by Councilman Emile Spano and seconded by Councilman Lauthaught Delaney, Sr., the council accepted the resolution from the Chamber of Commerce in support of the city working out with the parish to go back to the $1.75 million benchmark on sales taxes.

Also at the meeting, Finance Director Sandra Cost gave the Proposed Budget for 2014-2015 where she projected a $28,000 surplus for the upcoming year.