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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.

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Vermilion Parish School Board only down 1.6 percent in sales tax revenue from last year

Five months into the fiscal year, the Vermilion Parish School District sales tax collection is holding steady, according to school district’s CFO Phil Sellers.
The school district is showing a 1.6 percent decline in sales tax revenue compared to this time last year.
After you do the math, that’s a total of $80,000 less than a year ago
“I will take that,” said Sellers.
The school district normally collects $7.5 to $8 million a year in sales tax. If the trend continues, the school board will be down only $200,000 at the end of the fiscal year.

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Jalen Levine arrested in connection to shooting death of teenager in Abbeville

On the night of Dec. 19 at approximately 7:31 p.m., the Abbeville Police Department responded to a shooting in the area of Kibbe and Vernon Streets.
Upon the officers’ arrival, they observed a young male (14) suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was alert and gave the officers the identity of the subject who shot him. Due to the severity of the wounds, the victim was immediately transported to Abbeville General Hospital for treatment. After stabilizing the victim, he was transported to a hospital in Lafayette. There the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

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Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

Blanco to speak at University of Louisiana at Lafayette Commencement

UL Lafayette alum and former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco will be guest speaker at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Fall 2017 Commencement ceremony on Friday.
Blanco was governor from 2004 to 2008.
The year after she took office, Blanco led the state when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the state.
During her term, she directed the largest investment increase in higher education in state history. Blanco expanded the state’s pre-K program and fully funded Louisiana’s colleges and universities for the first time in 25 years.

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The bridge on South John Hardy Drive in Abbeville has been closed since Nov. 30. The state made the decision to close the bridge following an inspection.

Abbeville to have bridge on South John Hardy Dr. repaired

Abbeville officials learned on Nov. 30 that one of the most heavily trafficked bridges in the city had to be closed.
An inspection by the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) of the bridge on South John Hardy led to the state closing it that afternoon.
“We’re still trying to get over the initial shock of DOTD closing a bridge that is so heavily used,” Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said this week, “without any prior notification to the city.”

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