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Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office to get more property tax money

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office to get more property tax money

Lafourche Parish property owners will pay over $480,000 more now that a local law enforcement board has approved a tax rate roll-forward.

Sheriff Craig Webre said he expects about $10.5 million to be collected in the next tax year from the increased millage. The estimated tax increase would be $482,278.62.

The Lafourche Parish Law Enforcement District approved the roll-forward in a meeting last week.

A public hearing was held an hour before the meeting. Webre said no one attended.

Every four years, the Lafourche Parish Assessor's Office reappraises properties. During this process, local government boards are assigned revised property tax rates, called millages, to collect the same amount of money as the previous year even though property tax values increase.

Some boards take this route, but others choose to "roll forward" the tax rates. In that case, the rates remain the same, resulting in higher bills for home and business owners but more money for government services.

Webre said the Law Enforcement District sought to roll forward to offset a rise in operating costs over the past four years.

"Health insurance has gone up over the years," he said. "Utilities have gone up. We have a few additional employees as we've expanded services. Just overall normal inflationary costs of doing business. There's no specific end in sight in the issue involving oil and gas. ... This will put us on a firm financial footing and help compensate for the stagnant sales tax."

The Sheriff's Office usually tries to send out tax bills in November, Webre said.

-- Staff Writer Bridget Mire can be reached at 448-7639 or Follow her on Twitter @bridget_mire.