Another meeting outside The Lafayette City-Parish council chambers - after the vote for the ordinance was put on hold Tuesday. Ross Little, Jr. supports the rebate. Little says it's a compensation well deserved. "They have to get the deductions just right. The tax has to be exact. The ordinances are sometimes contradictory, you might have to get a lawyer to deal with it or a CPA," says Little.
If approved, the ordinance eliminates the 52 year old practice of giving local business owners 2% of the sales taxes they collect - as a rebate for filing on time. Councilman Jay Castille supports doing away with the rebate. "When I go buy something that sales tax goes to my government to do services for me. It's not to give money to businesses. It's not free money."
Councilman Donald Bertrand is on the fence about this one. Bertrand says tabling the ordinance gives council time to think things over. "Probably to have time to find some other ways to capturing taxes that we might be missing and have a discussion about that."
"We pay 3% credit card charges and we're reimbursed 2%. So, there's a 3% cost to collect the sales taxes which are reimbursed only 2%," small business owner Fred Hoyt.
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