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Jul 24, 2014 7:06 AM by AP

Donaldsonville council OKs lower tax rate plan

Donaldsonville city councilmen have voted 4-0 to accept a proposal that could lower by 1 cent the sales tax rate in a key commercial section of the city.

Currently, the tax rate is at 11 cents on the dollar for businesses within the 750-acre area along La. Highway 3089.

The tax rate jumped 2 cents on April 1, after an agreement among the city, Ascension Parish government and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office expired.

Under the proposal the council accepted Tuesday, both the sheriff and the parish would lower their collection by half, bringing the total amount collected down to 10 cents on the dollar in perpetuity.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. tells The Advocate the proposed agreement still must be approved by the Ascension Parish Council.

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