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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

SHREVEPORT SALES TAX REVENUES—FIRST 4 MONTHS 2019

A key economic indicator for local government is monthly sales tax revenues.

Sales taxes are the mother’s milk of local governments, and Shreveport is no different. Unfortunately the revenue reports are somewhat delayed.

The Shreveport April tax numbers were only posted the city’s website on June 20. Yes, 50 days after the end of the reporting period.

Various reasons are giving for this every month lag time. However in the day of instant everything, the justifications seem lame to say the least.

For bean counters, here are the numbers:

Jan. 2019 $11,558,558

Jan 2018 $11,541,058

Feb. 2019 $9,828,730

Feb. 2018 $9,186,471

7% increase

Mar.2019 $9,120,085

Mar.2018 $8,719,508

5% increase

April 2019 $11,261.858

April 2018 $11,030,177

2% increase

That’s a total increase of 3% for the first 4 months of 2019.

These calculations are based on monthly reports from the Sales & Use Tax Commission, adjusted for refunds.

Bottom line, Shreveport’s economy from the prospective of sales tax revenues is better than last year.

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