A Lafayette City-Parish councilman says a 2% sales tax vendor rebate given to businesses for filing their sales tax on time is mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. In fact, he threatened not to vote on another tax unless the rebate is put to a stop.
We're looking at about $1.5 million in City of Lafayette sales tax that's not being remitted to the government and at least a $100,000 for parish of Lafayette," says Toups.
Chief Financial Officer Lorrie Toups says that's about it. Councilman Kevin Naquin says he's not voting for another tax if the vendor comp continues. "In 10 years, we've given $15 million back for simply doing what businesses are supposed to do when you open up."
Lafayette resident Dale Brasseaux doesn't support it either. Brasseaux says Lafayette Parish needs that money. "We have things in the parish we need to do and we need money to do it. You keep telling us we don't have money; we can't have money if you are giving it away."
Others don't see the vendor rebate that way. In fact, Ross Little, Jr. says it's not a rebate. He says it's compensation for being a tax collector and that's a job that comes with a cost. "It has to be done specifically as set forth in the ordinance. It has to be done separately. You have to have extra accounting expense."
Councilmen Andy Naquin and William Theriot both say they support paying businesses for filing their sales taxes in a timely manner. One business owner offered what he calls proof that other municipalities are doing the same. "22 pages of fine print inclusive of the State of Louisiana which is 1.1 %. The research has already been done. I'll provide that to in just a second."
A Lafayette City-Parish councilman says a vendor rebate given to businesses for filing their sales tax on time is mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. In fact, he threatened not to vote on another tax unless the rebate is put to a stop.