47:338.49   Authorization to levy and collect tax in St. Mary Parish; procedure; collection; allocation of proceeds; incurring debt and issuing bonds


A. The St. Mary Parish Police Jury, as governing authority of the Parish of St. Mary, State of Louisiana, is hereby authorized to levy and collect within said parish an additional tax of not exceeding one percent upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and upon the sale of services, as presently defined in R.S. 47:301 through 317, inclusive.  Except where inapplicable, the procedure established by R.S. 47:301 through 317, inclusive, shall be followed in the imposition, collection and enforcement of said tax and any procedural details necessary to be established to supplement the provisions of said sections and to make said provisions applicable to the tax imposed hereunder shall be fixed by resolution of the governing authority of said parish.  Said additional tax shall be levied and collected in the same manner as the present one percent sales and use tax now being levied and collected by said police jury pursuant to the authority of R.S. 47:338.48 and a special election held in said parish on December 7, 1965.  The levy, collection, dedication and use of the proceeds of the sales tax herein authorized to be levied shall be subject to the provisions of R.S. 47:338.65 through 338.78 in all respects and such tax proceeds may be funded into bonds in the manner therein provided.


B. The resolution imposing such additional tax shall be adopted by the governing body of St. Mary Parish only after the question of the imposition of such tax and the funding thereof into bonds under the provisions of this section and R.S. 47:338.65 through 338.78 shall have been submitted to the qualified electors of the parish at an election to be called, conducted, canvassed and promulgated by said governing authority in accordance with the general laws of the state of Louisiana governing the authorization of general obligation bonds of the parish and the majority of the qualified electors voting in such election shall have voted in favor of such additional tax and the funding thereof into bonds subject to the provisions and restrictions contained in R.S. 47:338.65 through 338.78.


C. The resolution imposing any tax hereunder, or amendments hereto, may specify that the avails or proceeds of the tax after payment of collection costs shall be divided by the governing authority of St. Mary Parish between either the St. Mary Parish Police Jury, the various municipalities and other political subdivisions of the parish having authority and power to provide and operate pollution control facilities, or the police jury and municipalities within the parish, in accordance with a formula or method of allocation set forth in the question or proposition which must be submitted to the qualified electors of the parish approving the levy of the tax in compliance with the requirements of this section.  The avails or proceeds of the tax shall be used by each recipient for the construction, acquisition, extension, improvement, operation and maintenance of solid waste collection and disposal facilities, sewers and sewerage disposal works, and other facilities for pollution control and abatement in St. Mary Parish or to pay debt service requirements on bonds issued for such purpose, or any part thereof, in the manner hereinbefore established.  The question or proposition approved at said election shall constitute a full and complete dedication of the avails or proceeds of said tax and its provisions shall control the allocation and expenditure thereof.


Redesignated from R.S. 33:2721.1 by Acts 2011, No. 248, § 4.  Added by Acts 1973, No. 155, § 1.