How much would the proposed new property taxes cost a property owner?


If you have a $200,000 home with homestead tax exemption, the tax assessor’s office says here’s an idea of what you would pay:

The district courts operational expenses tax of 2 mills — $25 dollars per year.
The parish correctional centers 2.94 mills — $36.75 per year.

Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Kevin Naquin is one of the five council members who voted yes. Naquin says putting the tax before voters in November is the right thing to do. “Are we going to say no? If we say no, what is that going to look like in the future? What services will we potentially have to be short on?” says Naquin.

Naquin says the tax will help relieve the parish general fund of at least the unfunded state mandates. “If we say yes, then it’s a dedicated millage which means the funds can only be used for operations not for capital.  It’s not going to build a new courthouse.  It’s not going to build a new jail.”

Naquin says its at the point that the community and the council have to decide what’s going to be done. “Services may have to be cut; in lieu of fire protection, parks and recreation. I mean without funding the operations you are basically putting yourself in a bad situation which means services will have to be looked at,” notes Naquin.

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