Lincoln School Tax Hike had been Planned for Months

A memo from New Orleans attorneys Foley & Judell to Lincoln Parish School District officials reveals that the tax plan recently revealed has been in the works since last summer. The memo, dated 7/31/2018, is a tentative timeline of how events would need to proceed in order to conduct an election next May 4.

Foley & Judell has served as the parish’s bond counsel for years.

See here the memo.

What is also likely is that many, if not most of the school board was kept in the dark about the plan, otherwise it would have been made public prior to late last week.

The issue was discussed at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

Lincoln Parish News Online visited with District Superintendent Mike Milstead prior to the meeting, and he provided us with several documents that show a general outline of what the two millages will fund.

A 1.8 mil tax will provide revenue to fund about $11.8 million of borrowing for capital (buildings and equipment) expenditures:

Updated secure entrances to schools.
Construction of a 6th grade center at Ruston Junior High.
I. A. Lewis would be converted into Enhance School Calendar (summerschool) campus.
Fourteen new Early Childhood classrooms.
Maintenance facility.

A 9.8 mil tax will provide funding for ongoing operation of several programs:

Additional School Resource officers.
Three new mental health specialists.
Additional funding for the Enhanced School Calendar.
Pay student supply fees up to $60.
Pay hike for teachers and support personnel ($500/$250).

See here the list.

See here the propositions.

Milstead also provided us with brochure that shows how much more taxes homeowners could expect to pay should the propositions pass. He said that the brochure hadn’t been finalized and that some of the wording might change.

See here the document.

Milstead has also promised to provide us with a dollar cost breakdown of the various projects and operational costs. We had not received that list as of this afternoon.

During the meeting, a couple of the school board members had questions.

District One’s Susan Wyly was concerned that the January board meeting is scheduled for 10:30 AM, where many of the taxpaying public who work wouldn’t be able to at attend.

Said Wyly, “10:30 is just a time that most people are working. For a public meeting, I was thinking that 6 would be a better time.”

Another member asked what would take place at the January meeting, and Business Manager George Murphy said that there would be a resolution presented to call for an election.

Police Juror Sharyon Mayfield asked if some the board’s reserve funds could be used to fund the projects.

Murphy said that for the past two years, the district had spent more money than it had coming in and that they couldn’t afford to do that any more.

We also asked about prior spending, and why lower priority projects got funded instead of student security.

Milstead replied, “I can’t go back 5 or 10 years with what has been done as far as capital is concerned. We are where we are, and we move on.”

51 Responses to “Lincoln School Tax Hike had been Planned for Months”

  1. Cowboy Says:

    Looks like Washington, DC isn’t the only place with a Deep State problem. Apparently, the local Deep Staters are just as clever at hiding their tracks while growing local government.

    What’s up with all these additional “School Resource Officers ” and “Mental Health Specialists?” The government education monopoly should be more worried about teaching kids reading, writing, and arithmetic instead of indoctrinating them with the latest radical lefty talking points, worrying about their feelings, and promoting the fiction that they need Muslim education to stop nonexistent Muslim attacks. These local liberal do gooders are trying to turn sleepy Lincoln Parish into some urban liberal craphole replete with all the liberal problems they suffer.

    Oh yeah, they always have an excuse why they hold a meeting a 10:30 in the morning instead of admitting that they’re trying to hide what they’re doing. If the school board members don’t like being lied to and manipulated, then they can just vote this crap down and send the Deep Staters to the back bench. I’m betting that despite all their bold talk, the elected members of the school board will go along with the Deep Staters and stick it to us again!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Those mental health specialists jumped right out to me too. Not needed. People need to vote this down.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Well said Cowboy! After the way they treated a teacher I know, I vowed to vote against every tax they bring up. I have and will continue to vote against them at every chance until I leave this earth! But regardless of my issues with them, You’re correct about the Liberal leanings of these do gooders. I am sick to my stomach at what they are doing. They just can’t get enough! My family is voting NO!

      • Anonymous Says:

        Too bad the city didn’t stop Walker’s tax debacle too.

        • Anonymous Says:

          Driving through Ruston now one wonders are we a circus? A freak show? All the dang bulldog statues and graffiti painted on buildings. The senseless rotting ice rink that isn’t real and the city probably still paying for.

          • Anonymous Says:

            According to sources at city hall, the rink dang sure is NOT paying for itself.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Freak show? Most normal people would call it embracing the arts (culture). The bulldog statues and murals have been a big hit…I guess they’re not to the 5-10 people who post on this site.

            • Anonymous Says:

              That’s what I was thinking but those folks down at Jefferson corner have a different idea. They were still belly aching over that sales tax our mayor got passed. I may have to go to huddle house to find a friendlier crowd

            • Anonymous Says:

              You must be on waljer’s Payroll.

            • Anonymous Says:

              yourself included???

        • Anonymous Says:

          Tax debacle? I thought at the last meeting there was overwhelming support?

          • Anonymous Says:

            No we were all just watching the koolaid drinkers and waiting for city to fall. Remember we know the truth. Walker’s favorite line is ” I’m going to make some changes ” he’s told every employee that that he terminated for last year. There’s a long line. Those that think safe get ready. He’s a loose cannon.

          • Anonymous Says:

            The aldermen told us how they were voting. We knew it would be a 3/2 vote with the tax passing. The 3 yeas are in walker’s hip pocket. They NEVER go against him. Never!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Why do you think Walker pushed so hard to get his tax passed IN A HURRY? He knew the LPSB was anticipating this additional millage and wanted to be first in line. He used the “economic” angle so it would not have to go before the people in a referendum which would have taken longer.

  3. Hico man Says:

    Maybe we should start a yellow jackets revolt!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Government expenses will always grow to deficits.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    How can rising prices help? If it isn’t the city constantly asking for more money, it’s the parish asking for more money. Take for instance, the annual peach festival has gotten so expensive and so crowded that one hates to go. They ought to have used $$ to build a new events center (civic center) instead of a sports complex. An events center could have accommodated a number of groups.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Seems like to me that crowds at the peach festival would generate lots of sales taxes. Wouldn’t that be the definition of a successful event? Again, I’m new to the area and just trying to figure out what’s going on around the area

      • Anonymous Says:

        I love the peach festival. Happily paying my sales taxes for mayor Walker to further the growth of our great community

        • Anonymous Says:

          Festival hasn’t been same since Squire Creek took it over years ago. For those of you that don’t know that. City doesn’t run it.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Ah, that’s good to know. I thought all of the money I was spending on the peach festival, the sales tax was going to the city. So it’s going to those blue bloods in squire creek?

          • Anonymous Says:

            and neither does Squire Creek. The Chamber runs the festival.

        • Anonymous Says:

          Mayor Walker has nothing to do with determining how taxes are disbursed, thank goodness!

          • Anonymous Says:

            I would think sales tax revenue for the city of Ruston would be a good thing.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Huddle house and Burger King coffee folks are pulling for sales tax revenues also, at least that’s what I’m hearing. Jefferson corner folks ain’t so happy. Skips pretty pissed…,

            • Anonymous Says:

              Skip is only mad when he’s at the Jefferson Corner, every time he sees the Mayor he tells him what a great job he’s doing. The boys at the JC call him Flip Russell because his position changes everyday depending on who he’s talking too.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Except for the special circumstances taxes he passes. He has those designated to pay for his sports complex.

      • Anonymous Says:

        It is ok if you can find a parking place.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Sales tax is collected by LP Sales Tax Commission for the parish and city and disbursed accordingly.

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