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School Board will introduce proposal for 20 mills in new taxes

School Board will introduce proposal for 20 mills in new taxes
Posted: Aug 11, 2017
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AMITE---The Tangipahoa Parish School Board will vote Tuesday night on whether or not they will take three parishwide property taxes to the voters on November 18.

The item which contains all three tax propositions will come up during the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Central Office in Amite. Public input is welcome prior to the vote on the item.

Under the proposal outlined as part of the board’s official notice of the Tuesday night meeting, the propositions will direct 10, four, and six mills for specifically dedicated purposes within the school system budget.

Proposition 1 calls for a 10 mill property tax to be collected for a 20 year period beginning with the 2018 assessment year for the purpose of employee salaries and benefits.

Proposition 2 calls for a four mill property tax to be collected for a 20 year period beginning with the 2018 assessment year, and that tax would be dedicated to maintenance of school facilities.

Proposition 3 would call for a six mill tax, also to be collected for 20 years beginning next fall, for construction, improvements, renovations, and remodeling exiting classrooms and “related facilities” to “reduce the number of modular buildings” on public school campuses.

All three measures would be put before a parishwide vote. As the proposal reads, any or all three could be enacted, with voter approval, to represent up to 20 mills in new taxes for the public school system.

The Nov. 18 election is a general election which means it would potentially include any run-off races in candidate elections, as well as any local proposition items that qualify for the ballot. Thusfar, the Hammond Area Economic and Industrial Development District is the only other local taxing authority that has announced plans for proposition matters on the Nov. 18 ballot.

If approved Tuesday night, the school board tax propositions would next have to clear the State Bond Commission to receive final approval to be placed on the end-of-year ballot.

According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, Sept. 25 is the deadline for any taxing authority to place items on the Nov. 18 general election ballot.
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