Proposed sales tax increase could benefit the city of Tallulah

MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The city of Tallulah could see some changes in their receipts.

The current sales tax for residents is 9.95%, the proposed increase would be .5% bringing the grand total to 10.45%. Source: (KNOE)

There’s a proposed sales tax increase on the ballot for this weekend’s election, a proposition that Tallulah Mayor Gloria Owens-Hayden said would be the first step in fixing the city’s water quality.

“We’ve gotten together and talked with the board, talked with the citizens and we're all on one accord. Everyone in this community will know how that money is being spent and the number one priority is clean drinking water,” Hayden said.

The current sales tax for residents is 9.95%, the proposed increase would be .5% bringing the grand total to 10.45%. Hayden said that this would generate over $300,000 in revenue and would also support parks and rec, streets and police.

“This is a sales tax and most of our sales taxes come from the interstate and businesses and we need the money to keep Tallulah moving,” Hayden said.

The city has had a series of meetings with community members about possible solutions for the city’s water quality, an issue that Hayden said has been ongoing.

She said she initially fought the sales tax increase, but over time realized it would be best for the city overall.

“We’ve gotten together and talked with the board, talked with the citizens and we're all on one accord. Everyone in this community will know how that money is being spent and the number one priority is clean drinking water," Hayden said.

There will be a city council meeting on Nov. 14 regarding the sales tax on the ballot and other agenda items. Election Day is Nov. 17.