Monroe City School Board announces delay in employees’ “clean out check” due to decline in sales tax revenue

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 10:17 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Monroe City School employees can expect a delay in their thirteenth check of the fiscal year.

Wednesday’s finance committee meeting revealed that employees will get their “clean out check” on July 13. It was originally scheduled for May.

“At the end of the year whatever is left over, we issue a thirteenth check which is called a cleanout check. Whatever collections we have remaining to issue to our employees,” said Chief Financial Officer Davona Howard.

The check along with all money that supports MCSB is compromised of a sales tax revenue collection. That collection is made up of three separate taxes that were created in 1968,1994, and 2001. That money is the second-largest source of revenue for the Board. Each tax serves a different purpose including but limited to, certified salaries & benefits, instructional activities, maintenance, and operations.

According to financial documents, April collections were down 19.12% compared to last year. This is due in part to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Stay-At-Home Order that lasted from mid-March to May 15.

Sales tax was down approximately $433,986.57 compared to April of 2019. According to Superintendent Dr. Brent Vidrine, the biggest hit in revenue was Pecanland Mall being closed for 45 days.

Questions surfaced regarding Ouachita Parish Schools employees getting their checks and differences in sales tax revenue. Howard said that there are multiple factors that affected the differences in school districts.

“We’re experiencing a larger decrease in sales tax revenue than the parish is experiencing right now, we’re also experiencing a larger number of unemployment in the city of Monroe versus the Parish,” she said.

The Board did not say how much the cleanout checks would amount to nor the price difference in the amount they are usually paid.

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