The West Baton Rouge Parish Council discussed redistributing district sales tax based on the LSU adjusted population census counts during the regular parish council meeting Thursday evening, October 24.
WBR Parish Finance Director, Phillip Bourgoyne, said Friday afternoon in a telephone interview that the one cent district sales tax, which was implemented in 1984, allows the parish to disburse the tax to municipalities based on yearly population counts.
The yearly population count, which used to be done by Louisiana Tech, has been moved by the state to be done by LSU since 2010.
“Last year was the first year LSU actually started collecting the data, and we got that first set of data this year and so that’s what we presented to the council,” said Bourgoyne. “To have them to go ahead and adjust the percentages based on the LSU census numbers to reflect the new distribution tax.”
Bourgoyne said that this is a move the council makes every year.
The LSU census count showed decreases in every municipality except Addis, which saw an increase of 1.5%.
The population changes are, by percentages:
Addis - increase of 1.5%
Brusly - decrease of 0.25%
Port Allen - decrease of 0.75%
Unincorporated - decrease of 0.55%
The one cent district sales tax is one of two one cent sales taxes based on population distributed to each municipality by the parish. The other, established in 1960, is based off of the U.S. Census, which is adjusted once every 10 years.