DONALDSONVILLE — City government is on track to meet and may even slightly exceed projected sales tax collections for the 2010-11 fiscal year, a city financial official said.
The city collected about $15,000 more in sales taxes for April than in April 2010, Finance Director Sandra Williams told the City Council on Tuesday night in her monthly report.
The city also brought in an additional $2,274 in motor vehicle sales tax collections during April, a 15 percent increase over April 2010 collections, she said.
While the year’s overall collections are about $51,000 lower than at this point in previous years, Williams said, the city is still expecting to meet its budgeted $1.8 million sales tax revenue target.
“We have one more month to factor in,” Williams said. “With that, we’ll make our budget, or a little more.”
Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin applauded the city administration for keeping expenses down amid challenging fiscal times. The fiscal year ends June 30.
Other matters considered by the council included:
POLITICAL SIGNS: The council discussed but took no action on drafting an ordinance to address political signs.
“We’re trying to keep the city clean, but when elections season comes around, you see these political signs all over, including on city rights of way,” said Councilman Emile Spano, who suggested the ordinance.
With elections not until October, Spano said, he is already seeing groups of signs where they should not be placed.
“We’re about 180 days out, and it’s already happening,” he said. “They’re trashing the city.”
Using an ordinance from the city of Gonzales as an example, Spano suggested placing restrictions on signs to include the time that they may remain in place and the amount of signs allowed on one property.
Aucoin said that the city already has an ordinance prohibiting any type of signs on city property, including rights of way.
“We just need to start enforcing it,” he said.
Aucoin and fellow Councilmen Charles Brown Sr., Lauthaught Delaney Sr. and Reginald Francis Sr. each said they would not support an ordinance regulating political signage on private property.
“I think if that was ever tested, you’d lose,” Aucoin said, referring to a possible legal challenge to the ordinance.
After the discussion, Spano said he would not pursue the matter further.