Minden’s June sales tax dollars up due to out-of-town outages

By Paige Nash

With a second impending power outage on the horizon in the City of Minden, residents may find themselves traveling outside of the city for food, gas, shopping and cooler surroundings. Not unlike this past June when two back-to-back storms hit the areas surrounding Minden causing weeklong blackouts in multiple cities.  

People traveled in droves to Minden looking for relief and the June sales tax dollars reflect that.  

According to the Webster Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission’s monthly report for June, almost all of the reporting tax bodies in the parish experienced an increase in numbers.  

The City of Minden saw a 15.36 percent increase compared to the previous year. In June of 2022, the city collected $639,796.74 in sales tax with $738,051.01 being the number for 2023.  

Other taxing bodies who experienced a large increase were the Town of Cotton Valley with a 39.33 percent increase, Minden Economic Development Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 saw an increase of 44.42 percent, Village of Doyline had an increase of 33.73 percent and the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission had a 49.34 percent increase.  

The only taxing bodies to land in the red were the Town of Sibley, Village of Dixie Inn and Town of Cullen, but even those decreases were minor.  

Overall for Webster Parish, the totals for June 2022 increased from $3,209,724.77 to $3,729,989.78. These numbers improved by 16.21 percent.