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What local tax renewals mean for property owners

What local tax renewals mean for property owners

Voters who have already taken advantage of early voting have seen that several tax renewals are on the ballots in both Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

Early voting will continue through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at local registrar of voters offices. Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, Dec. 8.

In Lafourche, voters have the option to renew half of a near-parishwide sales tax for the Sheriff’s Office.

The tax excludes the incorporated areas of Thibodaux, Lockport and Golden Meadow.

Half of a 1 percent sales tax for the department is permanent, but the other half must go to a vote to be renewed every 10 years. The Sheriff’s Office also has a 0.2 percent sales tax assessed over the entire parish.

Golden Meadow residents have the opportunity to renew a 5-mill property tax for street maintenance for another 10 years.

In the Gheens area, Fire District 9 is asking for voters to support a 10-year renewal of a 10-mill property tax.

According to documents and information from Lafourche Parish, the following is a breakdown of what each proposed tax renewal means for residential property owners. These figures are based on collection of the full authorized amounts of each tax:

- Fire Protection District 9, Gheens area; 10 mills; $66,950 per year. The tax is the sole source of revenue for the district; $75 on $150,000 home with homestead exemption. Expires in 2030; 10-year renewal.

- Law Enforcement Sub-District No. 1; 0.5 percent sales tax; $4.5 million per year; 15 percent of total 2017 Sheriff’s Department budget; 50 cents on $100 purchase; 10-year renewal.

For general law enforcement purposes under the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department, with $275,000 plus 25 percent of total revenue over $2 million dedicated for maintaining parish jail facilities and operational costs.

All unincorporated areas of Lafourche Parish. Does not include areas within city limits of Thibodaux, Lockport and Golden Meadow.

- Incorporated areas of Golden Meadow, 5 mills for street maintenance; $46,000 per year; 1.44 percent of 2017 total revenue; $37.50 on $150,000 home with homestead exemption; Expires in 2029; 10-year renewal.

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.