But the council voted against rolling forward the rates for the Airport Commission, parks and recreation, the parish jail and parish library system. (The term “roll forward” is misleading: it simply means to keep the tax rate the same, and it just requires a two-thirds vote of the council to do so. State law requires taxing bodies to reduce property tax rates when property-value assessments increase, as they have by 8.5 percent, according to Assessor Conrad Comeaux, so that the same amount of revenue is generated as the previous year. Rolling them forward, i.e. keeping them at the same level, generates more tax revenue simply because the value of taxable property has risen.)
The council will finalize Mayor Joel Robideaux’s proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins Nov. 1, on Thursday. As a result of the council declining to roll forward some of the millages, it will have to make adjustments to a budget predicated on the millages being rolled forward across the board.
Read more about last night’s council votes here. To watch the council meeting, click here.