School Board to Ask for New Property Taxes next May

The Lincoln Parish School Board will be asking parish voters to pay more property taxes in a special election to be called for next May 4, Lincoln Parish News Online has learned.

According to a memo distributed to board members, there will be a resolution to be considered at the 1/8/19 meeting of the board that will call for the election.

Notice is hereby given that at its meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cypress Springs Elementary School, 1040 Saratoga Street, Ruston, Louisiana, the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana, plans to consider adopting a resolution ordering and calling a special election to be held in Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds and/or to authorize the levy of an ad valorem tax.

Here’s the complete memo.

Reportedly, the tax will be an additional 11.6 mils, parish-wide. At present, the school board collects 43.64 mils in the Ruston School District. Some districts pay more.

An 11.6 mil rate can be expected to collect slightly over $5 million/year from Lincoln Parish property owners.

It is unclear what the new taxes will be for, but expect that answers will be provided at next Tuesday’s board meeting, 6:00 PM, 12/4/18, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here’s the agenda.

19 Responses to “School Board to Ask for New Property Taxes next May”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    They recently voted for a hefty pay raise for the superintendent, now they’re asking for more tax money. Classy.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Probably trying to pay teachers more. Lincoln is lower than most surrounding parishes.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Have you seen what this superintendent makes? His salary highest in area.

    • Cowboy Says:

      Not true, but if it were, then these poverty stricken teachers should hire on in one of these higher paying Parishes. I find it hard to believe that teachers in Union Parish make more than Lincoln Parish as poor as Union is. You can stop pretending to be a concerned citizen because no one is buying you pushing the local liberal talking points.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Compare by parish here: https://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/data-management/2015-16-actual-public-classroom-teacher-salary-averages-by-school-district.xls?sfvrsn=2

        • Cowboy Says:

          Richard Nixon once said “There’s lies, damn lies, and statistics.” The table you reference falls into those categories.

          First, there is a disclaimer at the top of the chart pointing out that some of the districts represented do not include tax-based salary elements in budgeted salaries since amounts are unknown. How is one supposed to make an accurate ranking of salaries if all the salary components aren’t included? They can’t.

          Second, the chart excludes school district teachers reported in sabbatical leave status along with all post secondary, 3rd party and contract services staff members. Again, one can’t make accurate comparisons if not every teacher is counted in the survey.

          Third, perusing the chart, one finds that Lincoln Parish teachers rank 37, while Union Parish teachers rank 46, thus proving my point that teachers in Lincoln Parish are paid higher than those in Union Parish. Lincoln Parish teachers also rank higher than those in Claiborne Parish at 53. Ouachita Parish teachers rank 15 no doubt due to the fact that Monroe harbors a great deal more wealth due to its manufacturing base, and Bienville Parish ranks 6 probably due to the wealth of shale gas in the area.

          The key to increasing teacher salaries is not to just “pay them more money,” but to increase the wealth of the Parish in which they live. Wealthier Parishes tend to have higher teacher salaries, so stop whining about low teacher pay is in Lincoln Parish and start building up the wealth base here if you want teachers to make more!

          Lincoln Parish teachers still have the option of hiring on in Ouachita and Bienville Parishes if they aren’t satisfied with their pay here instead of whining about wanting higher taxes for more money. Higher taxes drive away business which then leaves the Parish poorer and pretty soon we end up like Union Parish. What we need is less whining and more economics education around here!

          • Anonymous Says:

            And less higher taxes by people like Walker. He alone is depleting Ruston wealth. Great post Cowboy. Ironic that this superintendent also gave himself a raise recently like Walker did.

            • Anonymous Says:

              So we have Walker to thank for wanting and pushing higher taxes which drives away business and leaves the parish poorer ending up in lower teacher pay. I’m sure the teachers just love you for that! Not!!!!

              • Anonymous Says:

                But the teachers will have a lovely ( not debt free ) sports complex on the south side . Years after Walker gone someday the city will still owe. By then nobody will be eating out because he also just made that more expensive.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Keep the tax race for more millage in mind. They must beat Mayor Walker to this pot of gold. He has probably used up all the sales tax fo now. Trust me both will be back to the tax trough.

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