Sales taxes for Webster Parish appear to be somewhat level compared to last year.

In the months January through April, $9,514,738 was collected in sales tax for 2017. Compared to 2016, $9,525,978 was collected for the same months.

Dr. Scott Loren, a professor emeritus in economics at LSU in Baton Rouge, said the northwest Louisiana region is still suffering from a slow-moving economy, which means a possible downturn in sales taxes.

“The heartbeat for your area is what’s going on with employment,” he said. “Employment has been in a downswing for a while. The Shreveport area is well below where it was in

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