The St. Charles Parish Council unanimously approved rolling back taxes by more than $600,000 to taxpayers at Monday’s meeting.
Parish President Larry Cochran said a rise in the assessed value of property in the parish allowed the tax break while the general fund rate will remain the same.
“As a result of keeping the general fund millage at its current rate, we will be able to transfer those additional funds towards flood protection,” Cochran said. “I appreciate the Parish Council, along with our departments and organizations, for working together to work towards the ultimate goal, improving the quality of life for the residents of St. Charles Parish.”
Cochran said the parish has seen an increase in assessed property value, which would increase the tax revenue for all entities that receive millage funds.
“After meeting with the departments and organizations that receive ad valorem taxes, myself, along with my administration have decided that it is in the best interest of St. Charles Parish to roll back the following millages,” he said.
Cochran named these agencies as taking a tax cut: ARC of St. Charles, road lighting, library maintenance and operation; road maintenance, recreation, mosquito control, fire protection, E-911 Emergency System and Health Unit.
The 2017 rates are 3.17 mills, general fund; 4:07, levees; .67, ARC; 1.01, road lighting; 4.35, library; road maintenance, 5.90; recreation, 2.96; mosquito control, 1.08; Council on Aging, .92; fire protection, 1.45; E-911, .97: Health Unit, .61; wastewater facility, 1.09, and sewer bonds, 1.11.
Parishwide millages total 21.36 mills, down .54 mills overall from last year.