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Lafourche school taxes renewed

Lafourche school taxes renewed

Lafourche residents renewed four property taxes for the parish’s school system Saturday.

Lockport voters also renewed a tax to support Fire Protection District 2, a 5.24-mill tax that raises about $340,000 a year for the fire department.

Combined, the four school taxes generate about $23.5 million each year, 15 percent of the school system’s budget.

The first three of the taxes are 7.49 mills apiece, and each generate $7.2 million annually. The fourth tax, a 2-mill tax, raises $1.9 million each year.

A mill is $1 in tax levied on every $1,000 of taxable property. In Louisiana, the first $75,000 of a home’s value is tax-exempt.

Proposition 1: The tax, which has been in place since 1930, flows into the school district’s general operating account, which the School Board can spend as it decides. The proposition passed by a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent, or 5,001 votes to 1,038. It will last through 2030.

Proposition 2: The tax, enacted in the early 1980s, helps pay for school employees’ salaries. Eighty-four percent of the votes, or 5,077, were cast in favor of the tax; 16 percent, or 965, were cast against it. It will last through 2030.

Proposition 3: Also enacted in the early 1980s, the tax revenue is used for constructing and maintaining the school buildings. Eighty-three percent of the votes, or 5,024, supported the tax, while 17 percent, or 1,016, voted against it. It will run through 2031.

Proposition 4: Passed in 2012, the tax covers school employee retirement pensions. The tax passed by a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent, or 4,985 to 1,041. It will last until 2032.

The first two propositions will take effect starting next year, while the third tax will start in 2021 with the fourth following in 2022.

The owner of $150,000 house pays $56.18 a year toward each of the first three taxes and another $15 for the fourth.

The tax in Lockport was originally passed in 2011. The department uses the money to buy and maintain fire trucks and equipment.

Ninety percent of voters, or 722, cast ballots supporting the tax, while 10 percent, 79, cast votes against it.

The fire-protection tax costs the owner of a $150,000 house $39.30 a year.

The tax will go into effect in 2021 and last through 2030.

The unofficial voter turnout across the parish was 10.3 percent.

Staff Writer Halle Parker can be reached by e-mail at hparker@houmatoday.com or phone at 857-2204. Follow her on Twitter, @_thehalparker.