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Sales tax collection in Vermilion Parish down slightly, but government entities can handle decline

The City of Abbeville is on schedule to end the 2017 calender year in decent shape, when it comes to sales tax collection.
The city’s budget is down three percent as the year comes to a close.
Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said, with all things considered, he is happy with only being down three percent.
“That is not bad in my opinion,” Piazza said.
The city collects around $3.8 million a year from sales tax collection. If the city is down three percent, that equals to about $114,000 for the year.
In October, Abbeville saw a drop in sales tax collections of about seven percent or $20,000. The reason for the decline is because the city had a spike in collection a year ago due to the August, 2016 flood when the community began repairing flooded homes.
The town of Gueydan had a drop of 22 percent in sales tax collection in October. The town collected $13,000, which is $4,000 less than a year ago.
The town of Delcambre had a drop of $1,000 for October. The town collected $12,000 in October.
The town of Erath had a drop of 18 percent or $4,000 in collections. The town collected $18,700 in October.
The Sheriff’s Office is down 7 percent in October, which equals to $30,000 less.
Not all of the news is doom and gloom.
The Village of Maurice had a positive gain in sales tax collection in October. The town collected $53,000 this past October, which is $10,000 more than a year ago.
The town of Kaplan had a 3 percent increase, which is $2,000. The town collected $56,000 in October.
The parish, as a whole, had a decline of 6 percent from a year ago. In sales tax, the parish collected $2.8 million in October, which is $200,000 less than last year.

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