Hammond gets a pleasant sales tax surprise
HAMMOND - Collection of back sales taxes produced a pleasant surprise for Hammond officials in February.
Mayor Mayson Foster told the City Council this past week that he was astonished when he received a report that sales tax collections in February were 36 percent higher than the same month a year ago.
The Advocate reports the mayor asked tax collectors for an explanation.
Foster says an audit of sales tax receipts showed the city was owed about $600,000 from past collection periods and the money was paid in February.
He says sales tax collections remain strong in the city.