BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose by 7 percent in September.
Sales tax collection figures released Monday by the city-parish Finance Department show businesses and consumers spent $709.6 million in September. That compares with $662.7 million in spending in September 2013.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1xiVk9K ) spending, excluding vehicles, within the Baton Rouge city limits was up 8.4 percent in September to nearly $389.7 million. Spending outside the city limits of Baton Rouge was up by almost 5.5 percent in September to nearly $320 million, despite a tough comparison. In September 2013, the Mall of Louisiana was outside the city limits. The city-parish annexed much of the mall into the Baton Rouge city limits in June.
Vehicle sales tax collections were up 16.4 percent from the year before, reaching $68 million for September.
Overall tax collections for the city-parish, including vehicle sales, were up 7.8 percent in September to nearly $15.6 million.
For the first nine months of the year, spending in the parish, excluding vehicle sales, ran 3 percent ahead of 2013's pace, to reach about $6.1 billion.
Spending is up 6.3 percent in the Baton Rouge city limits, at $3.3 billion. The total is down 0.6 percent outside the city limits, at $2.8 billion.
Tax collections through September, including vehicle sales, were up 3.1 percent, and totaled more than $133 million.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com
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