BGR Examines St. Tammany Sales Tax on November 13 Ballot

• Bureau of Governmental Research


On the Ballot: St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax Proposition, November 13, 2021, provides St. Tammany Parish voters with an independent analysis of a proposed 0.4% sales tax to provide funding for the state-mandated responsibilities of parish government.

These obligations include providing the parish jail and courthouse, as well as financial and operational support to the 22nd Judicial District Court and certain independent offices, such as the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, the 22nd Judicial District Attorney and St. Tammany Parish Assessor. The proposed tax would generate an estimated $22.2 million annually and be levied for seven years, beginning January 1, 2022.

BGR’s report analyzes the tax proposition based on a series of questions that address the efficient and effective use of public resources. Click to read the full report, an InBrief summary or the media release, and understand why BGR supports the proposition.

This report is the latest in BGR’s On the Ballot series, which provides voters with objective, nonpartisan analysis of significant ballot propositions in the New Orleans metropolitan area. In producing On the Ballot reports, BGR recommends positions consistent with its mission of promoting informed public policy and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of local government. On the Ballot reports bring to light the strengths and weaknesses of ballot propositions and assess the potential for government expenditures or actions to efficiently achieve beneficial outcomes for citizens.
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