BRAC’s September 21 COVID-19 Brief: The impact of 2020 on the region’s tax revenue

It’s not news that the pandemic has negatively impacted businesses in the Baton Rouge Area, but the impact on local municipalities may not yet be fully appreciated. A report released last week by the state Legislative Auditor reveals that over a five-year period, East Baton Rouge’s lost sales tax revenue is estimated to be $98 million, putting less revenue in the coffers for schools, roads and other essential governmental functions. Ascension is pegged to lose nearly $22 million in that timeframe. BRAC’s latest blog post takes a look at the report and the shortcomings of overreliance on sales taxes to fund local government.


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