33:2737.42     Ascension Parish governing authority; sales tax levy authorized; purpose; use of proceeds; exclusion and allocation


A. The Ascension Parish governing authority is hereby authorized to levy and collect a sales tax of one percent within all of the parish of Ascension, except that portion located within the territorial boundaries of the municipalities of Donaldsonville and Gonzales, as hereinafter set forth.


B. The sales tax so levied shall be imposed by an ordinance of the governing authority of Ascension Parish and shall be levied upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption and storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the parish, all as presently defined in R.S. 47:301 through 47:317;  provided, however, that the ordinance imposing said tax shall be adopted by the governing authority only after the question of the imposition of the tax shall have been submitted to the qualified electors of all of the parish of Ascension except those qualified electors within the municipalities of Donaldsonville and Gonzales at an election to be conducted in accordance with the general election laws of the state of Louisiana and the majority of those voting in said election shall have voted in favor of the adoption of such ordinance.


C. This tax shall be in addition to all other taxes and shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner and pursuant to the definitions, practices and procedures set forth in R.S. 47:301 through 47:317.


D. (1) Except as may be otherwise provided in the ordinance imposing the tax in accordance with the further provisions hereof, the proceeds from said tax shall be deposited to the General Fund of the parish of Ascension to be used for operating expenses and capital outlay and the revenues derived therefrom shall be dedicated and used solely for said purposes.


(2) The police jury of Ascension Parish shall allocate and remit from the general fund of said parish to the town of Sorrento a sum equal to that portion of the total proceeds of said tax which is collected within the corporate limits of that town, less reasonable costs of collecting the tax within the corporate limits of said town.


E. The tax levied by authority of this Section shall be for a duration set forth in the proposition to be approved by the electors which shall not exceed ten years.


F. In order to obtain ready funds for the purposes for which the tax proceeds may be used and subject to the approval of a majority of the qualified electors in the manner provided in Subsection B of this Section, negotiable bonds or certificates of indebtedness may be issued, payable solely from an irrevocable pledge and dedication of all or a portion of the proceeds of the tax, subject to the prior payment of the costs and expenses of administration and collection of the tax.  The proposition for the issuance of bonds or certificates of indebtedness may be submitted to the electors at the same election as the proposition to levy and collect the tax or at a separate election, but in all events, all elections required by this Section shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 39:501 through R.S. 39:514.


G. Repealed by Acts 1976, No. 464, § 2.


Added by Acts 1968, Ex.Sess., No. 36, § 1.  Amended by Acts 1969, No. 90, § 1;  Acts 1976, No. 464, § 1.