Caddo Parish store owners of all kinds are gearing up for the next three holiday months. From boutiques to wine shops. All benefit from the year's last sales quarter. The parish hopes to as well. Caddo Commissioners have passed a resolution declaring October, September and December "Shop for the Holidays in Caddo Parish Month." Commissioners plan to encourage Caddo residents to only shop in the parish this holiday season and generate sales taxes.
"Instead of going over to a neighboring parishes, or going to Dallas or East Texas," Caddo Commission President Michael Thibodeaux said. He says the commission wants to support local businesses and keep money flowing in the parish, but he also says sales tax revenue is down 25 percent. That is due to the slow down in the oil and gas industry.
"They aren't spending that much money on expensive tools and equipment," Thibodeaux said.
Thibodeaux says the parish will make fliers to distribute to stores and produce public service announcements, as well. Those should be around $3,000 and will be paid for from the year's budget. Thibodeaux says sales taxes make up about 30 percent of Caddo Parish's yearly revenue. That's more than $10 million generated by shoppers.