Sterlington postpones sales tax vote, approves sewage rate increase

The Board of Alderman originally planned to vote on a measure to give the town the highest sales tax rate in the country Tuesday, but the vote has been postponed to July 23rd. However, they did take action to hike sewage rates starting next month. (Source: KNOE)

STERLINGTON, La. (KNOE) - A change of plans Tuesday night in Sterlington.

The Board of Alderman originally planned to vote on a measure to give the town the highest sales tax rate in the country Tuesday, but the vote has been postponed to July 23rd.

However, they did take action to hike sewage rates starting next month.

Both residential and commercial customers in Sterlington will see a spike in their sewage rates for their July bill.

The increase passed at a 4-to-1 vote.

Mayor Caesar Velasquez says the increase is meant to match the Department of Environmental Quality standards. The DEQ requires the town to operate at a 1.25% ratio, which means for every debt dollar, the town must bring in $1.25. Right now the town is bringing in 80 cent per debt dollar.

Residential customers will see their bill increase around $12 to $15 a month, while commercial customers can expect an $18 to $20 jump. The mayor expects that this will generate an extra $200,000 annually for the town to help address their $21 million debt.

The new rate will go into effect for the month of July, so resident's August bill would reflect the increase.