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The St. Tammany Parish Council to Hold a Public Hearing to Consider Rolling Forward Millages

The St. Tammany Parish Council will hold a public hearing to consider rolling forward millage rates at its regular meeting on July 7 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

A roll forward is when the millage rate is increased after reassessment from the adjusted maximum millage rate to a rate not in excess of the “prior year’s maximum.”  As long as the increased rate will not exceed the voter-approved maximum millage rate, millage increases (roll forward) do not require further voter approval.

This is not a new tax and will not exceed the maximum millage rate approved by the voters.

The roll forward in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish would increase property taxes by $2.70 per $100,000 in home value. The roll forward in municipalities within St. Tammany Parish would increase property taxes by $2.00 per $100,000 in home value.

The estimated amount of increased tax revenues to be collected in the next tax year is $1,041,489 as explained below:

Property Tax Tax Revenue Tax Increase
Alimony 1 5,096,604 246,894
Alimony 2 939,415     45,666
Public Health 4,300,306  217,431
Animal Shelter 2,415,902 531,498
TOTAL 12,752,227 1,041,489

The increase in General Alimony is critical to support the Parish General Fund, which is the funding source for state-mandated costs.  The increase in Public Health is necessary for the medical care costs for the St. Tammany Parish Jail, which can only be funded by the Public Health or the General Alimony millage.  The increase in Animal Shelter is vital to support the life-saving efforts and to maintain the no-kill status for Animal Services.

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