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|Sales tax legislation opposed|
Three bills under consideration in the Louisiana state House of Representatives could have a large effect on the way local governments collect and distribute sales tax revenues.
House Bills 440, 442 and 453 would remove the responsibility of sales tax collection and disbursement from local governments and place that authority with the Louisiana Department of Revenue.
Franklin Parish tax collector Joe Walters said the proposal has drawn the fire of area governments because it takes control of tax revenues away from local governments.
"This constitutional amendment would do away with that and go to one, central government in the state as far as collecting revenue is concerned," Walters said.
At a recent meeting of the Franklin Parish Police Jury, jurors adopted a resolution opposing the three house bills.
Walters said the village of Baskin has adopted a similar resolution. Also, the Winnsboro City Council is set to consider the same resolution at its next meeting.
State Sen. Neil Riser said none of the governments in his district have voiced support for a centralized tax collection scheme.
Instead, Riser said he has heard nothing but opposition to the bills.
"From what I've been hearing, I haven't heard a lot of proponents," Riser said. "I've heard a lot of opponents to it."
Riser also questioned whether the bill had enough local support to pass the required vote of the people
"No one in any of my parishes wants to change to this proposed law," Riser said.
State Rep. Noble Ellington said he expected the bill to be defeated.
"Most local governments are going to be opposed to that so I feel like it's not going to make it," Ellington said.
Ellington added he would be voting against the proposal.
"I think the closer government is to home the better," Ellington said.
In other legislative news, Ellington's proposal for an additional $2-million for boll weevil eradication passed through the House last week.
That measure now moves across the hall to the Senate for consideration, where Ellington said he expected it to pass.
Ellington proposed the additional funds to help make up a shortfall in the state's boll weevil eradication program.
If passed, the funds will be used to supplement the state's maintenance spraying to keep the boll weevil out of cotton fields around the state.