Dec 10, 2013 3:39 PM by Ian Auzenne

Voters may decide tax renewals, fee increases in spring

Acadia Parish residents may see three tax and fee proposals on their ballots in 2014.

Two taxes are up for renewal next year. The first, a 10-year, 4.25 mill tax supports the parish library system. The other, a 10-year, 1.5 mill property tax, helps fund programs for the parish's elderly.

Latiolais says if the police jury approves these propositions, they would likely appear on the May 3 ballot.

The third proposal would create a parcel fee for residents of the Acadia Parish Fire Protection District #1. According to police jury secretary-treasurer Richard Latiolais, land owners with a livable unit on their land would be charged $50 per parcel.

This fee, Latiolais says, would raise approximately $46,000 annually for services in the district. This fee would be in addition to the current three- and 4.83-mill property taxes, which currently raise $50,000 annually.

Latiolais says this proposal, if approved, will go on the April ballot.

The police jury will vote to approve these ballot items in January.



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