St. Landry Council Creates Taxing District

OPELOUSAS, LA (AP) — The St. Landry Parish Council has approved an ordinance creating an economic and taxing district south of Opelousas.

         Bill Rodier, executive director of the St. Landry Economic and Development District, tells The Advocate’s Bobby Ardoin new retail businesses and hotels locating in the 700-acre Harry Guilbeau Area Economic District will collect an extra two-cent sales tax to fund a proposed events center to be located within the district.

         Businesses currently located in the rural areas of the parish currently collect a 9.75 percent sales tax.

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         Customers at new businesses and hotels that locate inside the Harry Guilbeau Area Economic District will pay 11.75 percent in sales tax effective Jan. 1. Rodier says the additional tax won't apply to businesses already located within the district.

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