§338.85. Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes governing authorities and school boards; authority to levy sales tax; use of proceeds
A. In order to provide additional funds for the payment of salaries of teachers employed in the public elementary and secondary schools of Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes and/or for the operation of the public elementary and secondary schools of said parishes, the parish school boards of Jefferson Parish and of St. Bernard Parish are hereby authorized to levy and collect a sales and use tax of not in excess of one-half of one per cent within their respective parishes as hereinafter set forth.
B. In order to provide additional funds for the operation of the governmental affairs of the Parishes of Jefferson and St. Bernard, the governing authorities of those parishes are hereby authorized to levy and collect a sales and use tax of not in excess of one-half of one per cent within their respective parishes, as hereinafter set forth.
C. The sales taxes so levied shall be imposed by ordinances of the Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard Parish governing authorities and/or the school boards, as the case may be, 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 respective parishes, all as presently defined in R.S. 47:301 through 317; provided, however, that the respective ordinances imposing said taxes shall be adopted by the Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard Parish school board and governing authorities, respectively, only after the question of the imposition of each of said levies of the tax shall have been submitted separately to the qualified electors of the respective parishes at an election 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 each such ordinances. If the electors approve only one of the levies and not the other, the governing authority or school board whose levy has been approved may enact the approved ordinance. All costs of conducting the election required by this Section shall be borne by the parish governing authority or the parish school board which calls the election, or by both equally if the election is called to consider proposed ordinances by both within the respective parishes at the same time.
D. These taxes 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 317.
E. The proceeds of the tax herein authorized by the Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard Parish School Boards shall be used exclusively to supplement other revenues available to the respective school boards for the payment of salaries of teachers in the elementary and secondary schools of the parish, and/or for the expenses of operating said schools, and the ordinance imposing said tax and any amendments thereto shall state such purpose. None of the proceeds of this tax shall be used for capital improvements.
F. The proceeds of the tax herein authorized by the governing authorities of Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes shall be used for the purposes set forth in the ordinances levying same and shall be stated in the call for the election conducted to determine the approval of said ordinances in the respective parishes.
G. Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to affect the purposes for which the proceeds of any sales tax authorized or levied prior to December 11, 1964 shall be used, and in all such cases the disposition of the proceeds of sales tax theretofore authorized or levied within the parish of Jefferson or the parish of St. Bernard shall be made in accordance with the authorization under which such tax was levied and is being collected.
H. Provided that the funds raised by parishes and/or local school boards pursuant to the provisions of this act shall not be considered by the State Board of Education or the State Department of Education in the application of the state equalization formula or the distribution of proceeds of any other kind or nature by the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education.
I. The authority of the Jefferson Parish Council, Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana, to impose and collect a one-half of one per cent sales and use tax in the Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana, and proceedings had in connection therewith, in the manner provided by this Section, are hereby expressly validated, ratified and confirmed.
The proceeds of the tax authorized to be levied and collected by the provisions of Subsection B of this section shall be allocated between the Parish of Jefferson and the municipalities located within said parish in the proportion that the amount of said tax collected in the incorporated and the unincorporated areas, as said areas presently exist, bears to the total tax collected.
J. All proceedings heretofore had for the imposition by the St. Bernard Parish Police Jury of a one-half of one per cent sales and use tax in St. Bernard Parish in the manner provided by this section, and the taxes now being collected pursuant to such proceedings, are hereby expressly validated, ratified and confirmed notwithstanding any irregularities, failure or omissions which may have occurred in the adoption and taking of such proceedings or which may exist in the law pursuant to which such proceedings have been so taken.
Added by Acts 1964, Ex.Sess., No. 29, §§2, 3. Amended by Acts 1966, No. 24, §1, eff. June 30, 1966, at 8:30 P.M.; Acts 1966, No. 415, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 33:2737.1 pursuant to Acts 2011, No. 248, §4.