Shoppers still spending at Tanger despite higher taxes
GONZALES - People are still spending money at Tanger Outlet Mall, despite having to pay higher taxes.
Shoppers are charged a 9.5 percent tax on what they buy at the mall, which is a cent more than in the rest of Gonzales.
About 70 percent of each penny goes to Tanger to help pay off a new addition to the shopping center, while what's left goes to the city.
According to city leaders, the tax has brought $500,000 since it started last summer.
Scotti Vermaelon says she barely notices the tax.
"It definitely puts money back in the city, and not just for the city here but for surrounding areas," she told News 2. "It's easy to get in and out of with the interstate right here. And I think the people who are patronizing it are getting a lot back out of it with the city."
Once Tanger finishes paying off the new addition to the mall, the entire extra penny will go to the city. The tax expires in 20 years. The grand opening for the new addition is Saturday.