Millage changes have little impact
Parish rolls back sewer bonds, everything else stays the same
An ordinance introduced by Councilman Dennis Nuss to reduce millage rates to pre-Katrina levels was removed from the agenda after the council made an earlier decision to keep the tax rate similar to 2008. In 2004, the value of a mill was close to $760,000. Now that the value of the parish’s taxable property is estimated to rise to just over $1 billion this year, a mill generates around $1 million.
Another ordinance, which would have rolled taxes forward, also failed. That ordinance would have given the parish about $438,326 of additional revenue this year.
Representatives from the fire departments, the community health center, the library, E-911 and the Council on Aging all showed up at the meeting and urged the council to vote against Nuss' millage decrease. However, Oliver Dufrene, the president of the St. Charles Firemen’s Association, and Ellis Alexander, who is chairman of the Council on Aging, asked for slight increases.
Dufrene said that all nine fire departments’ operating costs have increased dramatically since 2005 and that the departments could use an increase of .04 mills, which would generate around $39,000 of additional revenue to fire services. Alexander said that the Council on Aging will end 2009 with a deficit and was likely to do so again in 2010. He asked for an increase of .01 mills, which would equate to around $9,740.
Several council members wanted to give those two services the extra money they asked for and Councilman Marcus Lambert even introduced a motion to remove .05 mills from the general fund and use it for fire protection and the Council on Aging. But because the council had already voted to keep the millage rates the same in an earlier ordinance, they were not allowed to reduce the amount that goes towards the general fund.
Lambert did tell both Dufrene and Alexander that come budget time, the council would give those departments additional revenue.
Along with the parish, whose property tax rate dropped from 26.43 mills to 26.40 mills due to the ordinance, the School Board also decided to reduce property taxes. The schools tax rate fell by half of mill, from 56.87 mills to 56.37 mills.
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne plans to keep his property tax rate at 21.22 mills, which is the same level as last year.
Diana Ford calls Arlinda Brown her guardian angel.
“You’re priceless,” Ford...
St. Charles Parish business owners will have the opportunity to network at an SCP...
ITT Technical Institute's closing had student Zina Richards calling the VA suicide...
The St. Charles Parish Council will accept John Landry III’s resignation as...
When St. Rose Elementary School asked its students to aid its Live Bully Free...
"I am no longer keeping your secrets. I am no longer going to be one of your...
Today's Car Care is the name people trust when it comes to outstanding tires and automotive service in the River Region and beyond.
ONE MORE TIME: Wildcats, Tigers set for another epic clash - 956 views
While it’s just week four of the prep football season, Destrehan is likely to have a Superdome-in-December type of atmosphere Friday night as it hosts cross-parish rival Hahnville.