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Parish voters to consider tax renewals on December ballot

Parish voters to consider tax renewals on December ballot

Lafourche Parish voters will consider the renewal of four property taxes in December, including propositions on buildings, drainage, health and recreation.

The taxes are set to expire in 2015, if not approved again by voters.

A building tax renewal is up for consideration, which brings in approximately $2.5 million annually off of 2.4 mills. The bulk of these monies are spent in the maintenance, repair, upkeep and operation of parish owned buildings.
The largest of the proposed renewals is a parish tax of 3.3 mills for drainage. The revenue source collects some $3.3 million per year and funds are used for drainage improvements and maintenance.

The smallest of the millages up for renewal is the parish public health tax, which comes in at 0.82 mills and generates almost $850,000 a year. These revenues fund the parish animal shelter and parish health units.

A recreation tax renewal is also set for consideration in December. This tax is set at 1.6 mills and funds the numerous parish recreational districts with equipment for all of its activities. Funds are also predominately used for upkeep of recreation buildings and properties such as ball fields.

Election day to consider these renewals is December 6. The renewals, if approved would be for a ten-year period, expiring in 2025.