Archive for September, 2018

Ruston Restaurants, Theaters Included in Sales Tax Hike


Over a hundred Ruston restaurants will be included in the proposed “bed tax” ordinance that will be introduced at tomorrow night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council. Also, Celebrity Theaters is on the list.

Rather than a “bed tax,” the establishments will levy an additional 1.75% sales tax, the proceeds of which are to be dedicated to economic development.

See here the list.

See here a map of the locations.

The meeting is set for Monday, 9/10/18, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

New Hotel Bed Tax on Ruston Council Agenda


Mayor Ronny Walker has proposed creating an economic development district within Ruston’s city limits, and then levy therein a 1.75% hotel occupancy tax, along with a 1.75% sales and use tax. These taxes will be in addition to any existing taxes now levied.

Tax monies collected from the levy will be placed in a trust fund, and then used for economic development projects, according to the proposed resolution and accompanying ordinance.

No property description or maps are included in the documents, so it is unclear where the tax district will be located.

The proposals are included on the agenda for next Monday’s (9/10/18) regular meeting of the Ruston City Council, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

See here the agenda.

See here the resolution and ordinance.

Budget Begins to Pinch @ Lincoln Schools


“Based on current levels of revenue, we cannot maintain the current levels of staffing with our current revenues. That’s just a fact. We’re spending more than we’re taking in.”

So said Business Manager George Murphy at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board’s Finance Committee meeting.

Murphy presented the proposed 2018-2019 budget to the board, where it was revealed that spending would exceed revenues for the second year in a row.

In a Power Point presentation, he touched on the increased costs of the system’s medical and retirement plans, and that sales tax revenues had recently decreased because of reduced oil and gas drilling activity in the parish. State funding from the Minimum Foundation Plan is not guaranteed, he added.

Murphy noted that capital spending will be tapering off next year, otherwise, he said, the deficit for this year would be even greater. There’s still a surplus balance in the general fund, he said, but that deficit spending can go on only so long.

Regarding sales tax collections for the parish – a significant source of the district’s funding – Murphy said that the numbers were lower than the comparable period last year.

See here the report.

Both the committee and the full board approved the budget as proposed.

In other business, Personnel Director Doris Lewis reported on personnel changes for the month.

Lincoln Parish School Board Tonight


The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet tonight (Tuesday, September 4), Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

There will be a Finance Committee meeting at 5:45 PM, followed by the full board at 6.

Here are the agendas.