For the past several years, a 6.04 mil rate levied for “General Alimony” – ordinary expenses and public improvements – has been in effect. Also, a 3.00 mil rate for maintenance and operations of recreations and buildings has been levied.
However, as this year saw properties reassessed, local governments have to either adjust the millage rates downward (“roll back”) so as to levy the same total amount of taxes, or “roll forward” the rates and collect more money.
If the roll back ordinance is adopted, the new rates would be 5.88 mils and 2.92 mils respectively. The roll forward ordinance would keep the rates the same as before, but would collect more money due to the higher tax assessments.
The procedure is mandated by a Louisiana constitutional provision “Adjustment of Ad Valorem Tax Millages” (Art 7, Sec 23), and requires a 2/3 vote of the board, or 4 affirmative votes.
No votes will be taken at tomorrow’s meeting, as the ordinances will be for introduction only. A public hearing must precede any vote on the ordinances.
Tomorrow’s meeting begins at 5:30 PM, and will be held at Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton, second floor.
Here is the agenda.
Among other notable items to be considered tomorrow night: