BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — Washington Parish officials are initiating procedures to cut down on the number of businesses that are delinquent in paying their annual occupational license fees.

The Daily News reports ( the decision should help the cash-strapped government retrieve thousands of dollars currently in arrears.

Parish council members are also discussing potential changes to the way those fees are structured, including establishing a new fee based on a business's gross revenue.

Although the exact number is yet to be determined, parish officials acknowledge many businesses currently fail to pay the current $25 annual occupational license fee. To date, parish finance director Donna Alonzo says at least 40 businesses have been identified as delinquent in their fees, and the investigation is continuing.


Information from: Bogalusa - Daily News ,