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St. Landry Council to discuss Grand Coteau video poker tax repayments

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 12:13:10-04

The St. Landry Parish Council will discuss an agreement to pay back over $200,000 in video poker tax money to the town of Grand Coteau.

According to the Eunice News, the parish has collected $300,000 in video poker tax money meant for the town for nearly three years. In a letter to the parish, the State Police Gaming Audit Section explained that the funds were incorrectly paid to the parish after Go Bear’s Casino, located within Grand Coteau, was inadvertently classified as being outside of city limits.

Those payments, according to the letter, were made between April 2016 and January 2019.

A payment agreement was presented at the June 5 Parish Finance Committee meeting which showed that there was $237,223.07 left to pay the city, according to the paper. On Wednesday, the Parish Council Finance Committee will discuss the agreement which plans to pay back the city in three installments of $75,000 beginning in February 2020.

A final payment of $12,223.07 will be made on February 1, 2023, according to the paper.