Parish Council approves lower tax rates, expected to save taxpayers more than $500,000

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Courtesy of The West Side Journal

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (THEWESTSIDEJOURNAL)- The West Baton Rouge Parish Council approved lowering property tax millages on Thursday.

The council unanimously decided to drop the parish-wide millage rate from 32.2 to 30, saving taxpayers an estimated $619,000.

Under the adjusted millage rates, the parish will collect $219,000 less than last year for the drainage department and about $400,000 less for community centers. Budgets for both funds allow for the dip in revenue without compromising service, Parish Finance Director Phillip Bourgoyne said.

The council approved a one-mill decrease for the drainage millage and another one-mill decrease for the community center millage.

The decision comes after the reassessment of West Baton Rouge property values, a state requirement for assessors to complete every four years. If a particular property value increases, it means more taxes, even if millage rates do not change.

Last month, voters approved renewing the 3 millage tax for community centers for another 10 years. The council’s decision will not permanently change the rate, as the parish may legally roll-forward to levy the maximum voter-approved rate in the future.

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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