Sales tax collections on rise for LPSB

Lincoln Parish School’s Chief Financial Officer Juanita Duke (far left) is pictured giving her report during Tuesday’s monthly LPSB meeting. (Photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT/LPJ)

By T. Scott Boatright

During Monday’s monthly Lincoln Parish School Board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Juanita Duke said sale tax collections were up 7.3% from “this month last year” and that overall sales tax collection is up 11.9 percent this year as compared to last year.

“We know it might slow down at some point but we’re glad to report this increase,” Duke said about the month of April.

Duke also said expenditures are decreasing as the end of the school year draws near.

The good news is sales tax proceeds are on the rise.

With the increase in (sales tax) collections this year we’ve been able to restore some balances and some of the overuns we had (last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

That means for an increase of $273 for this year supplement checks for salary-certified employees and $136.50 for salary support staff. That ammounts to a $5,298 for salary-certified staff and $2,649 to salaried-support staff. Those payments will come on May 25, the school board’s scheduled paydayl.

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