At $16.2 million, sales tax collections in East Baton Rouge Parish were up 3.5% in October compared to the $15.7 million tallied during the month last year.
The increase was driven by sales outside the Baton Rouge city limits, where collections, at $7.2 million, were up nearly 10%. Inside the city limits, however, collections dipped by 1% to about $9 million, according to the latest report from the city-parish Finance Department, released today.
The report breaks down collections on vehicle sales, which are typically more volatile than general sales. Those declined 1.8% to $638,800 in Baton Rouge, while they rose 8.6% to $710,600 outside the city limits.
Ten months into the year, total sales and vehicle tax collections in the city-parish stood at $158.3 million, a 1.9% decline compared to the $161.8 million collected through October.