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School workers get pay bump

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Henri C. Bienvenu

Employees of the St. Martin school system will see a little more money in their April checks thanks to action taken by the school board at its April meeting.
Board members approved a one-time supplement of $350 for every employee to be paid from sales tax funds. Also approved were supplements of $564 for teachers and $275 for all other employees to be paid as an MFP supplement.
The sales tax supplement was approved despite projections that the system will see annual tax collections dip by almost 14 percent below the budgeted projections for the current fiscal year which ends June 30.
The board collects two one-cent sales taxes which were budgeted to take in a combined $17.4 million for the year.
But collections are lagging and if the current trend continues CFO Casey Broussard is projecting anticipated year-end revenues for the two taxes to be $15 million, a 13.7 percent shortfall.

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