Vermilion Parish saw an increase of more than 9% in sales tax revenue in June.

In June of 2020, sales tax revenue for the entire parish totaled $4,079,206.32. That jumped to $4,464,614.99 this past June.

As for the individual entities, the village of Maurice had the largest increase, at 36.7%. In June, Maurice brought in $103,092.72, up from $75,438.71 last year.

“A big part of that is the home building construction,” Maurice Mayor Wayne Theriot said. “We also had a couple of audits that fed into this.”

Officials in the parish have cited federal stimulus money, as well as people shopping local, as keeping sales tax revenues at higher levels for more than a year.

In the city of Abbeville, sale tax generated $526,589.43 in June, an increase of 11.3%.

Erath had a gain of nearly 30%. The town went from $23,071.04 last June, to $29,589.43 this June.

Kaplan climbed 16% compared to last year. In June, the city saw its sales tax bring in $72,122.46. That’s $9,968.53 more than ‘20.

The town of Delcambre went from $18,286.05 last June, to $18,988.76 this June, an increase of 3.8%.

Gueydan dipped slightly, with the town bringing in $19,055.40 in June, down 6.1% from last year.

Increases went to the Vermilion Parish School Board, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The school board’s 1% sales tax totaled $856,988.83 this June. Its 0.5% sales tax brought in $428,496.34. They both increased by 8.2% from last year.

Sales tax revenue for the police jury came in at more than $1.2 million in June, up 8.2 from last year.

The sheriff’s office also increased by 8.2% after totaling $642,744.70 in June.

Other entities went up, with the Kaplan Hospital Service Dist. No. 1 ($148,407.99 collected in June) seeing a 31.5% increase. Abbeville Hospital District No. 2 had $326,097.81 in sales tax revenue in June, a 3.1% increase.

The Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission collected $6,951.06 in sales tax revenue, a 15% increase over June of ‘20.

Originally published in the Abbeville Meridional, 8/26/21