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***EARLY LAFAYETTE BUSINESS LICENSES

Police Jury.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1900.

The following ordinance was adopted levying a special license and road tax for the year 1900, under provisions of Article 291 of the State constitution:

Be it ordained that there is hereby levied in and for the parish of Lafayette a special license and road tax for the the year 1900, under provisions Article 291 of the State constitution, to-wit:

Each male citizen between the ages of 18 and 55, $1; each sulky, 25c; each single buggy, 35c; each double barouche, 50c; each wagon, 75c; each cane cart, 75c; each bicycle, 50c.

Be it further ordained, that the special licenses and poll tax herein levied shall be due and collectible during the month of January, 1900, and shall become delinquent on and after the first day of February, 1900.

Be it further ordained, that the tax-collector shall after the first day of February prox proceed to advertise all delinquents for thirty days and after the expiration of said advertisement, he shall proceed to enforce the collection of said license and poll tax by seizing and selling at public auction any property in possession of said delinquents. Interest shall be computed at the rate of two per cent per month with all costs incurred in the enforcement of said license and poll tax.

Be it ordained that a fine of $25, or in default thereof imprisonment in the parish jail for thirty days, be and is hereby fixed as a penalty for the non-payment of the poll tax herein levied and any person so failing to make such payment within the time specified shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The tax collector is authorized to place on a supplemental list all names of persons not appearing on the regular rolls, and shall assess said persons in accordance with the rates herein above fixed.

Moved and duly seconded that the license laws of 1900 be the same as those of 1899, as follows:

AN ORDINANCE to levy, collect and enforce the payment of an annual license tax upon all persons, associations of persons or business firms, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those expressly excepted from such license tax by Article 229 of the constitution, and prescribing the mode and method in which certain persons, subject to license. shall make report of their business.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana, that there is hereby levied an annual license tax for the year A. D., 1900 and for each subsequent year, upon each person, association of persons, or business firms and corporation, pursuing any trade, profession, vocations of calling or business, subject to licenses under article 229 of the constitution.

Section 2. Be it enacted, etc., that on the second day of Jan., A. D. 1900 and each subsequent year, the sheriff and tax collector shall begin to collect as fast as possible from each of the persons or business firm, associations of persons, and corporations, pursuing within this parish any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, a license tax hereinafter graduated. All licenses shall be due and collectable during the first month of each year and all unpaid licenses shall become delinquent on the first day of Feb. of each year and all firms that commence business after that date shall become delinquent unless the license is paid within ten (10) days.

Section 3. Be it further enacted, etc., that the annual license for all kinds of business hereinafter named except as afterward provided, shall be graduated in classes.


MANUFACTURE.

That for carrying on each business of manufacturing subject to license under article 229 of the constitution, the license shall be based on the gross annual receipts of said business, as follows:

Class 1. When the said receipts are $25,000 or more and less than 30,000 the license shall be $19.50.

Class 2. When the said receipts are less than $25,000 the license shall be $15.


BANKING.

That for each business of carrying on bank, banking company, association, corporation or agency they shall be based on the declared or nominal capital and surplus, as follows:

Class 1. When the said declared or nominal capital and surplus is $100,000 or more and less than $200,00 the license shall be $150.

Class 2. When the said declared or nominal capital and surplus is $50,000 or more and under $100,000 the license shall be $75.

Class 3. When the said declared or nominal capital or surplus is $50,000 or less, the license shall be $50.

The declared or nominal capital and surplus, as provided in this section, shall be ascertained and based upon the annual statement made in pursuance of existing laws.


MERCANTILE BUSINESS.

Section 4. Be it further ordained, that for every wholesale mercantile business, whether as principal, agent or commission, by auction, representing foreign merchants by auction, representing foreign merchants or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross annual amounts of sale as follows:

Class 1. When the gross sales are $250,00 and not more than $500,000, the license shall be $100.

Class 2. When the gross sales are $250,000 or less, the license shall be $50.

Provided, that no person or persons shall be deemed wholesale dealers unless he or they sell by the original or unbroken packages or barrel only; and provided further, that no person or persons shall be deemed wholesale dealers unless he or they sell to dealers for resale. If they sell in less quantities than original and unbroken packages, or barrels, they shall be considered retail dealers, and pay license as such. That for every business of selling at retail whether as principal, agent or commission, or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross annual amount of sales, as follows:

Class 1. When the gross sales are $40,000 or more and under $50,000, the license shall be $40.

Class 2. When the gross sales are $30,000 or more and less than $40,000, the license shall be $30.

Class 3. When the gross sales are $20,000 or more and less than $30,000, the license shall be $25.

Class 4. When the gross sales are $20,000 or more and less than $25,000, the license shall be $15.

Class 5. When the gross sales are $15,000 or more and less than $20,000, the license shall be $15.

Class 6. When the gross sales are less than $15,000, and more than $50,000, the license shall be $10.

Class 7. When the gross sales are $5,000 or less, the license shall be $5.

Provided, that if any distilled vinous, malt or other kind of mixed liquors are sold in connection with the business of retail merchant, grocer, oyster house, confectionary, or in less quantities than five gallons, the license for such additional business shall be as hereinafter provided for, provided further, that no license shall issue to sell liquors in less quantities than five gallons, for less than $200.

Provided, that retail drugstores, owned or controlled and managed by a regularly licensed graduate of pharmacy, and selling vinous, spirituous or alcoholic liquors in less quantities than one quart, as drug or medicine only, shall pay the license mentioned in this section and shall not be required to procure the license required for saloons, etc., under this act
as retail dealers.

Provided further that if drugstores, soda fountains, or other aeriated water dealers offer for sale in connection, with such waters as vinous spirituous or alcohol liquors, such drugstores, soda fountains, or dealers shall be required to take out license as retail liquors as saloons, barrooms, etc., as provided in section 10 of this act.

Provided further, that farmers or planters having stores situated on their farms or plantations, and selling or advancing supplies, to their employees exclusively shall not be classed as merchants, nor shall they be required to take out a license under this act.

Section 5. Be it further enacted, that for carrying on each business of gas light, electric light, waterworks, shoot-the-chutes, miniature railroad, saw-mills employing ten or more hands, telephoning express company, cotton compress or ginnery, cotton pickery, slaughter house, distillery and rectifying alcoholic, or malt liquors, brewing ale beer, porter of other malt liquor, manufacturing tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, refinery sugar or molasses or either of them, manufacturing cotton seed oil, oil cake or cotton seed meal, that license shall be based on the gross annual receipts, of each person association of persons, business firm or corporation engaged in said business, as follows:

Provided that this section shall not apply to planters and farmers grinding their own sugar or molasses or ginning their own cotton or that of their tenants or manufacturing their own cotton seed into meal, cake or oil, or work by machinery for plantation or farm purposes, provided that no license shall should be imposed or collected on cotton gins ginning for lint, not over four hundred bales of cotton per annum and provided further that this act shall not apply to those planters who gradulate syrup for other planters during the rolling season.

Provided that any agency for any other establishment, selling by wholesale, ale, beer or other alcoholic or malt liquors in unbroken packages as usually contained in kegs, barrels, etc., shall pay a license based as follows:

When said gross sales are $5,000 or more the license shall be $500. When the said gross annual receipts are less than $5,000 the license shall be $300.

Class 1. When the said gross annual receipts are $200,ooo or more and less than $150,000 the license shall be $500.

Class 2. When the said gross receipts are $150,000 or more and less than $200,000 the license shall be $375.

Class 3. When the said gross receipts are $100,000 or more and less than $150,000 the license shall be $250.

Class 4. When the said gross receipts are $100,000 or more and less than $100,000 the license shall be $187.50.

Class 5. When the said gross receipts are $50,000 or more and less than $75,000 the license shall be $125.

Class 6. When the said gross receipts are $37,500 or more and less than $50,000 the license shall be $93.75.

Class 7. When the gross annual receipts are $25,000 and less than $39,500 the license shall be $62.50.

Class 8. When the said gross receipts over $20,000 and not less than $15,000 license shall be $62.50.

Class 9. When the said gross receipts are over $15,000 and less than $20,000 the license shall be $50.

Class 10. When the said gross receipts are less than $15,000 the license shall be $20.

AMUSEMENTS.

Section 6. Be it enacted , etc., that for every business of keeping a theater, opera house, ampitheatre, academy of music, museum, menagerie, circus or other traveling show, the license shall be based upon the number of the attaches, whether proprietors, performers, or other employees, as follows:

Class 1. When the number of said persons is one hundred or more the license shall be $500.

Class 2. When the number of said persons is seventy-five or more and less than one hundred the license shall be $400.

Class 3. When the number of said persons is fifty or more and less than seventy-five the license shall be $300.

Class 4. When the number of said persons is thirty or more and less than fifty the license shall be shall be $50.

Class 5. When the number of said persons is twenty or more and less than ten, the license shall be $150.

Class 6. When the number of said persons is ten or more and less than twenty the license shall be $150.

Class 7. When the number of said persons is five or more and less than ten, the license shall be $100.

Class 8. When the number of said persons is four the license shall be $75.

Class 9. When the number of said persons is three the license shall be $50.

Class 10. When the number of said persons is two the license shall be $40.

Class 11. When the number of said persons is one the license shall be $30.

Provided that the license for every hall or place where public entertainments are given not provided in this section shall be based upon the seating capacity as follows:

When the number of seats or spaces number less than 500 the license shall be $20.

Provided further that no license shall be required for balls given by private persons or for charitable purposes.



RAILROAD AGENTS, ETC.

Section 7. Be it further enacted that each person carrying on the business or calling, of selling or dealing in, railroad or steamship tickets whether said tickets are sold on the streets, in the office of the company he represents, or that of any other company, shall pay an annual license graded upon the number of companies he represents to-wit: One company, $25; two companies, $40; three companies, $50.


PEDDLERS AND HAWKERS.

Section 8. Be it further enacted, etc., that each and every peddler or hawker shall pay an annual license graded as follows:

When traveling on foot, $5; when traveling in one-horse vehicle, $20; when traveling in two-horse vehicle, $37.50; when traveling on any kind of a water craft, $100.

Provided that, no person shall be allowed to sell goods as clerk or clerks, of any peddler or hawker, but that he or they must pay a license, in his or her name, but that this proviso shall not apply to watercraft.

It is further provided that all parochial executive officers are hereby empowered and directed, to cause all peddlers or hawkers, failing to produce or exhibit the same, the said officers are directed and empowered by this act to seize said stock or mechandise and turn the same over to any court of competent jurisdiction with due information as to the violation of this act. Provided further that the said exexcutive officers shall be entitled to receive as fees, the sum of $5 in each and every case from any peddler or hawker clerk or clerks employed by said peddler or hawker when peddling without a license in vioation of this act. The said amount of $5 to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction out of the goods seized.

Provided further that no license shall be issued to any peddler or hawker for less than the full rate for the coming year.

HOTELS, ETC.

Section 9. Be it further enacted, etc., that for every business of keeping a hotel where lodging and eating are combined the license shall be based upon the number of guests, as follows:

Class. 1. When the said rooms are forty-five or more and less than seventy-five or more and less than seventy-five the license shall be $200.

Class 2. When the said rooms are thirty or more and less than forty-five the license shall be $150.

Class 3. When the said rooms are fifteen or more and less than thirty the license shall be $100.

Class 4. When the number of said rooms is twelve or more or less than fifteen the license shall be $75.

Class 5. When the number of said rooms is nine or more and less than twelve the license shall be $50.

Class 6. When the number of said rooms is six or more and less than nine, the license shall be $40.

Provided that no license shall be required when the number of said rooms is less than six and that for every business or lodging alone the license shall be estimated on the same basis, as for hotels but graduated at one-half rates; provided that boarding houses shall pay sixty per-cent of the rates of hotels.

BARROOMS, ETC.

Section 10. Be it enacted that for every business or barroom, cabaret, coffee-house cafe, beer saloon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grogshop, beer house, beer garden or other place, where anything to be drunk or eaten on the premises is sold directly or indirectly the license shall be based on the gross annual receipts of said business as follows:

Class 1. When the said gross annual receipts are $10,000 or more and less than $15,000, the license shall be $400.

Class 2. When the said gross receipts are $7,500 or more and less than $10,000, the license shall be $300.

Class 3. When the said gross receipts are $5,000 or less the license shall be $200.

Provided, that no license shall be charged for selling refreshments for charitable or religious purposes, and provided further that no establishment, selling or giving away or otherwise disposing of any spirits, wines, alcoholic or malt liquors in less quantities than one pint, shall pay less than $200. Provided further that when any kind of business provided for in this section, shall be combined with any other business provided for in section 8 the same classification shall be made as provided in this section, but the price for the licenses shall be equal to the price of the license required for each business seperately.

Section 11. Be it enacted, etc., that for every business of keeping billiard tables, pigeon hole, Jenny Lind, pool or bbagatelle tables, and ten pin alleys, from which revenue is derived a license due by the establishment, in which said tables or alleys may be situated. Provided that all persons, association of persons or business firms, and corporations engaged in the sale of soda water, meads, confection cakes, etc., exclusively, shall be rated as follows:

Ctable Class 1. When the gross annual sales are three thousand dollars and more than $2,000, the license shall be $10.

Class 2. When the gross sales are less than $2,000, the license shall be $5.

Provided, that this provision shall not apply to places where alcoholic, vinous or malt liquors are sold, and provided that, druggists selling soda-water, mead, etc., shall be required to take out a license under this act.

Section 12. Be it enacted etc., that for every individual or company carrying on the profession or business agency for steamboats, draying, trucking, keeping cabs, carriages, hacks or horses for hire, undertakers, owners of lessees of toll bridges, ferries, master builders, stevedores, bill posting or tacking contractors and mechanics who employ assistance, the license shall be graded as follows:

Class 1. When the gross annual receipts are $1,000, or more the license shall be $20.

Class 2. When the gross receipts are $750, or more and less than $1,000, the license shall be $15.

Class 3. When the gross annual receipts are less than $750, the license shall be $5.


PROFESSIONAL.


Section 13. Be it enacted, that every individual or individuals carrying on the business or profession of physician attorney-at-law, editor, dentist, occultist, photographer, jeweler and all other business not herein provided for shall be graded the same as set forth in the section 11 of this act, but graded at one half rates, and provided that no license shall be issued hereunder for less than $5.

Section 14. Be it further enacted, that all traveling vendors of stoves lightning rods, and clocks, shall pay a license annually, of $100 whether traveling as peddlers or not. For every trading stamp company issuing stamps to merchants, and all other dealers of every kind whatsoever, where the gross receipts are above $5,000 the license shall be $250.

Section 15. Be it further, enacted that for carrying on the business pursuits known as cotton factorage, grain and produce commission houses, or any other factorage or commission business brokerage in stocks, bonds, real estate produce, surgar, cotton, or other brokerage business whether buying or selling for actual, spot or future delivery where the intention of the parties is to make an honest, bonafide delivery, the license shall be based, on the gross annual commissions and brokerage on sales and purchases as follows:

Class 1. When, the annual gross commissions exceed $5,000 and are no more than $10,000 the license shall be $50.

Class 2. When the annual gross commissions are $5,000 or les the license shall be $25.

Section 16. Be it enacted that for every lumber yard, whose gross sales are $2,000 or less the license shall be $20.


Section 17. Be it enacted that for every sewing machine agent or agency, fruit stand, soda stand, horse and mule trader, cigar and tobacco stand, the license shall be $5.


Section 18. Be it enacted that when any two are more kinds of business, are combined except as herein expressly provided for there shall be a seperate license required for each kind of business. Where any company or association shall lease, operate, manage or control, the business franchise, property of other corporations, associations or firms, that shall pay a seperate license for each business.

Section 19. Be it enacted, etc., that annual receipts, capital sales, and premium in this act, referred to as basis of license are those for the year for which the license is granted; the standard for their estimation shall be prima facie of the preceeding year, of the business has been conducted, previously by the same party or parties to whom they claim to be successors. If the firm or company be new, gross sales for the first two months shall be considered as the basis, and six times that amount shall estimated as the annual receipts of such business. Provided that any person, commencing business after the first of July, shall pay one half of the above rates.

Section 20. Be it enacted, etc., that the business of the previous year, as also the actual condition and results of the business of the current for the new firms, associations or corporations for the purposes of calculating licenses shall be ascertained by the tax collector in the sworn statement of the person, or persons in interest, his or their duly authorized agent, or officer made before the tax collector or his deputy; provided that if the tax collector be not satisfied with the said sworn statement he shall traverse the same by a rule, taken in proper court. On trial of said rule the books and written entries, and memoranda of said person or persons, firms, companies, corporations of parties, shall be brought into court, and subjected to the inspection and examination of the court, the officer who took the rule, and such experts as he may employ or the court may appoint, provided that this inspection shall not be construed as entitling the defendant to introduce in evidence said books and documents any more than he would have been without such inspection; provided also that the license shall issue in accordance with said sworn statement, notwithstanding the prospect or pendency of the rule, and the final ratification shall be made as ordered by the court.

Section 21. Be it further enacted, that if, any business shall be conducted, without a license in case herein provided, the tax collector shall through the attorney appointed by the State for such purpose, on motion in the proper courts as provided in the Constitution and which shall be without deposit or advance costs, take a rule on the party or parties, doing such business to show the cause on the fifth day, exclusive of holidays, after the service thereof, why said party or parties should not pay the amount of license claimed and penalties or be ordered to cease from further pursuit of said business, until after having obtained a license; and in case, said rule is made obsolute the order therein shall be considered a judgement in favor of the parish for the amount decreed to be due, by defendant for license, and penalty and costs, heretofore and hereinafter provided for, and shall be executed in the same manner as other judgements. Provided in addition to the commission allowed the attorney, a penalty of 25 per cent on the amount sued on, is hereby fixed and provided, which penalty shall be turned into the general fund of the parish.

It is hereby expressly provided that each person, association of persons, business firms or corporations required to take out a license under this ordinance shall be required to take out a license under this ordinance shall be required to post the same in a conspicuous place in his or their place of business under a penalty of not less than $10 no more than $100 recoverable by the collector before any court of competent jurisdiction and it shall be duty of the tax collector, to visit in person or by deputies the several places of business herein mentioned and ascertain that the provisions of this section are strictly carried out.

Section 21. Be it further enacted that the only legal evidence that a license has been paid shall be the appropriate form of license adopted by the Jury and no receipts issued by the tax-collector in place of the license itself shall be valid and this clause shall be construed to prevent the tax collector from issuing a receipts in lieu of the appropriate form to any person, association of persons or business corporation; provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed as to exclude oral evidence of lost or destroyed licenses.

Section 22. Be it further enacted that, the tax-collector shall prepare and keep a book in which he shall record or file, the statements made under oath of all persons, associations of persons, business firms or corporations, who may apply for license to pursue any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business under this act.

Section 23. Be it further enacted that thje tax-collector, is hereby empowered and required to adminster oath to any person, president or proper officer, business firms or corporations applying for license under this act, and any tax-collector or ex-officio tax-collector who shall sign any jurat or certify to the correctness of any oath without adminstering the oath in person to the applicant shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction be dealt with in accordance with existing laws, relative to dismissal from office of such officer or officers, and in addition to which they shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000. That when the oath is taken before the collector no charge shall be made for the same. Any false swearing as to the gross receipts of any person or persons or corporations through their president or proper officer or agent applying for license shall constitute the crime of perjury to be punished as directed by existing criminal laws of the State.

Section 24. Be it enacted that the tax-collector is hereby required to keep a license register in which he shall enter the names of every person, association of persons, business firms or corporations with the trade, profession, vocation, calling or business pursued, the class and graduation of the same the amount of the license thereon, and the date of the collection or payment thereof. The collector shall before the end of calendar year submit to the jury a full and complete, transcript of said register.

Section 25. Be it enacted, that the tax-collector or ex-officio tax-collector violating any of provisions of this act or who shall willfully rate any persons association of persons, association of persons, business firms or corporation a license for a less sum than the corresponding to their graduation shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor in office, and shall on conviction, before a competent authority be summarily dismissed therefrom.

Section 26. Be it enacted that on the 1st day of February of each year the tax-collector, or ex-officio tax-collector shall deliver to the attorney appointed by the State, for the purpose of a complete list of all delinquent license-payers together with their location and kind of business, and the attorney shall immediately proceed to collect in accordance with this act, and if not collected within thirty days from the date of delivery of the lists of the collector of taxes or ex-officio collector of taxes, it shall be the duty of said attorney to render a written report giving the reasons for non-collection to the collector whose duty it shall be to report same to the Council.

Section 27. Be it enacted, that in addition to the penalties provided in this ordinance, all unpaid license shall bear interest at the rate of two per cent per month from the first day of February and the payment thereon shall be secured by first mortgage in favor or the corporation on the property, movable or immovable, of the delinquent owing the license and the tax-collector shall collect said interest as provided by existing law and provisions of this ordinance.

Section 28. Be it enacted that a person, firm or company, having more than one place of business shall pay a seperate license for each place of business.

Section 29. Be it enacted that all laws on parts of laws in conflict with this act are hereby repealed.

Section 30. Be it enacted that, the licenses issued in pursuance of this ordinance take effect from and after its adoption by the Jury.

Section 31. Be it enacted that this ordinance take effect from and after its adoption by the Jury. Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1900.



City Council Proceedings.

LAFAYETTE LA.,  Jan. 16th, 1894.

 At a special meeting held this day the following members were present:

 Wm. Campbell, Mayor; A. T. Caillouet, Felix Demenade, John O. Mouton, Andre Martin.

Absent: Albert F. Cayard, I. N. Satterfield and Alb. Delahoussaye.

 The minutes of the meeting and also the report of of the Finance Committee were read and approved.

 Resolved, that the following licences for the year 1894, be and the same is hereby adopted, as follows :


AN ORDINANCE.

 To levy and enforce payment of an annual license tax upon all persons, association of persons, or business firms or corporations pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those who are expressly excepted from such license tax by articles 296 and 207 of the Constitution.

 Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., That there is a tax for the year of 1894 and each subsequent year upon each person, association of persons, or business firms and corporations, pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business except those expressly exempt from such license tax by Articles 206 and 207 of the Constitution.

 Sec. 2. Be it further ordained, etc., That immediately after the promulgation of this Ordinance the tax collector shall collect as fast as possible, from each person or business firm, association of persons and corporation, pursuing within the limits of said town and trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, a license tax is hereinafter graduated. All licenses shall become delinguent on the first day of March of said year, and all persons who commence business after that date shall become delinquent unless the license is paid ten days from the date of opening; and after the 1st. of July half license shall be collected.

 Sec. 3. Be it further ordained, etc., That licenses shall be graded in three classes except as afterward provided.

 Sec. 4. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every mercantile business of selling at retail, whether as principal, agent or on commission, or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross amount of sales for the year 1892, as follows:

 First Class - When the gross sales are twenty thousand dollars, ; amd less than five thousand, the license shall be twenty dollars.

 Second Class - When the gross sales are fifteen thousand dollars, or more and less than twenty thousand, the license shall be fifteen dollars.

 Third Class - When the gross sales are fifteen thousand dollars, ; and less than five thousand, the license shall be ten dollars.

 Provided, that if any distilled, vinous, malt or other kind of mixed liquors, be sold in connection with the business of retail merchant, grocer, restaurant, oyster house, confectionary or druggist, in less quantities than five gallons, the license for such additional business shall be as hereinafter provided in Section 9 of this ordinance; provided further, that no license shall issue to sell liquors in less quantities than five gallons for less than one hundred dollars.

 Sec. 5. Be it further ordained, etc., That for carrying on each business of telegraphing or telephoning, the license shall be based on the gross annual receipts as follows :

 First Class - When gross annual receipts are over twenty thousand dollars, the license shall be thirty dollars.

 Second Class - When the gross annual receipts are less than twenty thousand dollars and more than fifteen thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Third Class - When the gross annual receipts are fifteen thousand dollars or less the license shall be fifteen dollars.

 Section 6. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a theater, or hall where entertainments are given, the license shall be ten dollars for each one thousand inhabitants of the town, to be paid by the person owning or controlling for rent or hire the building or buildings in which said entertainments are given; provided that all travelling troups or show of any kind using said hall shall pay, in addition, a license. The provisions of this section applying to such halls only when used local clubs, societies, etc., and not to traveling troups or companies.

 Sec. 7. Be it further ordained, etc., That no museum, menagerie, circus or other traveling show, shall be permitted to make exhibition within the corporate limits unless they have first paid a license of one hundred dollars, said amount being imposed and to be paid before each and every performance; provided, that an additional license for each and every performance shall be issued and paid before exhibition of same is allowed, provided for each small show a license of $25.

 And provided further, that any performance or exhibition before sunset shall be considered a complete performance or exhibition subject to the license aforesaid and any exhibition or performance after sunset shall be liable to license as another and distinct performance.

 Sec 8. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a hotel where lodging and eating are combined the license shall be based on the number or rooms for guests as follows:

 First Class - When said rooms are twelve in number; or more, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Second Class - When said rooms are nine in number, or more, and less than twelve, the license shall be $17.50.

 Third Class - When said rooms are six or more, and less than nine, the license shall be $12.50.

 Fourth Class - When said rooms are less than six, the license shall be $10.

 Provided, that for lodging alone the license shall be one half the above rates. Provided further that for boarding houses and lunch houses the license shall be ten dollars.

 Sec 9. Be it further ordained, etc., That every business or bar room cabaret, coffee house, beer saloon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grog shop, beer garden or other place where anything to be drunk or eaten on the premises is sold directly, the license shall be based on the gross receipts of said business as follows:

 First Class - When said gross receipts are seven thousand, five hundred dollars, or more, the license shall be three hundred dollars.

 Second Class - When said gross receipts are five thousand dollars, or more, and less than seven thousand, five hundred dollars, the license shall be two hundred dollars.

 Third Class - When said gross receipts are less than five hundred dollars, the license shall be one hundred dollars.

 Provided no license shall be charged for selling refreshments for charitable or religious purposes ;  and that when any business provided for in this section shall be combined with any business in section 4, the same classification shall be made as prescribed in this section ;  but, the price of the license shall be equal to the license required for each seperately.

 Sec 10. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a livery stable, or of persons keeping cabs, hacks, carriages and horses for hire shall be graded as follows:

 First Class - When gross annual receipts exceed two thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Second Class - When gross annual receipts exceed one thousand dollars and are less than two thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty dollars.

 Third Class - When gross annual receipts are seven hundred and fifty dollars or more, and less than one thousand dollars, the license shall fifteen dollars.

 Fourth Class - When gross receipts are less than seven hundred and fifty dollars, the license shall be ten dollars.

 All persons using drays, wagons or carts for hiring or hauling are hereby required to obtain from the collector a tin plate with a number painted thereon, and have the same nailed on the vehicle in a conspicuous place, and pay four dollars per year license.

 Sec 11.  Be it further ordained, etc., That in addition to the graduated system as herein adopted there shall be a miscellaneous system so as to apply to traffics, trades and professions, vocations, callings or business of any kind, where the graduated system is not applied, and not being in conflict therewith, as follows, to wit :

 From each attorney-at-law, physician, dentist, editor, photographer and occultist, five dollars.

 Each fruit and ice cream dealer, five dollars.

 Each oyster stand, five dollars.

 Each billiard table, from which revenue is derived, five dollars.

 Each concert and theatrical performance, each day, five dollars ;  provided, that where such performance is given by charitable or benevolent associations for their own purposes, no license shall be charged.

 Every lumber yard, ten dollars.

 Each horse and mule trader, five dollars.

 Each gun and pistol establishment, five dollars.

 Each soda stand, five dollars.

 Each shooting gallery, five dollars.

 Each peddler or hawker of clothing, jewelry, notions, cutlery, pictures, wares, spectacles, etc., ten dollars.

 Each sewing machine agent or depot where sewing machines are sold, five dollars.

 Each Butcher shop, ten dollars.

 Each Vendor of Milk, five dollars.

 Each Fly horses, ten dollars.

 No license shall issue for less than five dollars, except when the business or object is so trifling the mayor may, if he thinks proper, authorize the collector to issue a smaller one on such business as may not come under any of the provision thereof.

 Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed as licensing or permitting any performance which is prohibited by other laws, ordinances or police regulationsns.

 Any transfer or acceptance or a transferable license without the consent of the mayor will be null and void.

 Sec. 12 Be it further ordained, etc., That the licenses issued in pursuance of this ordinance shall commence on the 1st day of January and ended the 31st of December, 1894, and from year to year thereafter, and said license shall be collected in the manner provided by the charter of the town, and according to sections, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and Act No. 150 of the General Assembly of 1890.

 Sec. 13 Be it further ordained, etc., That a person, firm or company having more than one place of business shall pay a seperate license for each place of business.

 That the collector, before issuing a license, shall swearar t the party applying for said license as the amount of his gross sales for the preceding year, and shall keep said as on file ;  and he shall also keep a register of the names, dates and amounts paid by each and every person taking out license.

 Sec. 14 Be it further ordained, etc., That this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1894.

 
 



POLICE JURY PROCEEDINGS.

Parish of Lafayette, Jan. 7th., 1878.

The Police Jury met at the Court House this day, - pursuant to adjournement. Members present: Onez. Broussard, M. G. Broussard, Adolphe Comeaux and Aurelien Primeaux.

Absent: Afred Peck.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

The committee appointed to ascertain what proceedings and rules are necessary to attain an equitable distribution of the funds or money that may come into the treasury among the creditors of the parish, made the following report, which was adopted :

To the Hon. President and Member of the Police Jury of Lafayette Parish.

Your committee appointed on the 3rd day of December, 1877, to report "what proceedings and rules are necessary to attain an equitable distribution of the funds or money that may come into the Parish Treasury, among the creditors of the Parish, "beg to report, that in their opinion, to arrive at the end proposed by you, you must necessarily divide the funds collected as taxes and licenses and fines and fortfeitures into different special funds in a manner somewhat as follows ; say For Jurors, - For expenses in criminal cases, - For public roads and bridges, - For salaries of Police Jurors and their officers, - For election fund, - For contingent expenses, - For old debts.

That the Treasurer and Tax Collector be prohibited from receiving warrants in payment of taxes or licenses, and that no monies to the credit of one fund be in any way directed to meet the claims against other funds.

That the treasurer be required and directed to distribute the monies he receives ratably among all the funds, and that every year all taxes ve strictly apportioned to every fund and that any excess of a fund at the end of the year be credited to the old debt fund.

That the treasurer be required every month, to distribute ratably what he receives from the collector, for the old debt fund, among all the creditors of that fund whose claims are duly registered in accordance with the resolution of the Police Jury.

That all lines and forfeitures be credited to the Criminal Expenses fund, and, that all licenses be credit to the Old Debt fund.
JOHN CLEGG, M. E. GIRARD, E. E. MOUTON, Committee.

The committee appointed to trace and open a road from Olidon's ferry to Royville made their report, and on motion, said report was adopted.

On motion resolved, that a committee of five be and hereby appointed and that full power be and is hereby given to said committee to confer with the members of or a committed appointed by the Police Jury of the Parish of St. Landry for the purpose of making all repairs and other work which in their estimation they may deem necessary to put in traveling order the bridge over bayou Carencro.

On said committee were appointed: Messrs. Theodule Hebert, jr., M. G. Broussard, Jean Vigneau, Ernest Potier and Alfred Peck.

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the president of the Police Jury of the parish of St. Landry for action thereon by that honorable body.

On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to make an estimate of the probable expenses of the Parish for the current year, said committee be guided by report of the commitee appointed to draft rules to attain an equitable distribution of the funds of this parish. On said committee were appointed Msrs. Ed. E. Mouton, M. F. Rigues and M. E. Girard.

On motion resolved, that the president of this Police Jury be and is hereby authorized to draw on the treasurer of this parish, the sum of sixty dollars or as much thereof as necessary, for the purchase of three record books for the Recorder's office.

On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to lay out and trace a road leading from the new bridge built on Mine's coulee to the old bridge on Isle des Canes lying near Wm. Guidry's plantation.

On said committee were appointed Messrs. John S, Whittington, Jules Guidry, Jules Duhon, Antoine Guidry and Cleobule Doucet.

On motion resolved, that a committee be appointed to trace a road from the bridge lying near Montgomery's plantation leading to the Mermentau river.

On said committee were appointed Messrs. Jules Guidry, Ed. Louviere, Dr. Dunningham and Theophile Breaux.

On motion resolved, a committee be appointed to consider the possibility and to advise the proper means of opening and tracing a public road leading from Vermilionville to the Isle Pilette, said road to join the public road southwest of the town near Messrs. H. Eastin and McBride's plantations.

On said committee were appointed Messrs. Lessin Guidry, Drozin I> Broussard, Valery Breaux, H. Eastin, Alcide Judice, Arelian Primeaux and Adolphe Comeaux.

There being fo further business the Police Jury adjourned.

ONES. BROUSSARD, President.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1878.



POLICE JURY.
By motion, a free peddlers license for 1894 was granted unto Osma Boudreaux.
Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894



POLICE JURY- By motion each member of the Jury was requested to report at the next meeting a complete list of all persons subject to license tax in the respective wards for the year 1896. Laf. Adv. 2/20/1897.



















Can It Be Enforced?

 For a long time the merchants of the country towns have complained of the horde of traveling agents of the New Orleans retail scores who swoop down upon their trade and carry away, big orders  which they claim should be sold at home.

 The city council of Baton Rouge at its meeting on Monday last passed the following ordinance:

 "Be it ordained by the mayor and city council of Baton Rouge that all traveling agents offering many species of merchandise at retail within the limits of the city of Baton Rouge for sale, or selling the same by sample or otherwise, shall if representing one house, firm or business, pay a license of $50 per annum and for each additional house, or firm of business, he shall pay an extra license of $25.

 "Be it further ordained That the administrator of finance be and he is hereby authorized to collect said license, and on the refusal of any traveling agent to pay the license as provided for in this ordinance, to seize without notice, any property he may find belonging to said traveling agent, or found in his possession, and sell the same to satisfy the license, penalty and cost of such a proceeding.

 "Be it further ordained, That all ordinances in conflict herewith be, and the same are hereby repealed.

 "Be it further ordained, That this ordinance take effect from and after its first publication."

 The St. Landry Clarion commenting upon the above remarks. Such an ordinance should be on the statute book of every town. It is grossly unjust to require a local merchant, owning property and having at heart the welfare of the town, to pay a license to sell, for instance, clothing when Mr. Somebody & Co., of New Orleans can come here and sell the very same goods that the local man pays a license to sell, without having to contribute a cent to the town treasury. And still more so is it when the firm selling goods at retail in competition to local merchants is located in another State, in which case it pays neither municipal, parish or State licenses.

 All of which is very true, but the question is whether this advanced idea of a "protection" can be secured in this manner. We remember some years ago the State legislature tried to tax out the foreign drummers with a high license law, and the United States Courts knocked it in the head as being a violation of the interstate commerce laws. We are afraid the law won't hold. Lafayette Advertiser 5/7/1898.

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