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Aug 13, 2014 7:33 AM by AP

Denham Springs council rolls forward tax rate

The Denham Springs City Council voted to roll forward its property tax rate for 2014 to its voter-approved maximum.

Mayor Jimmy Durbin says the increased tax rate of 3.725 mills approved Tuesday night will add about $10,000 per year to the city's coffers while costing the owner of a $150,000 home less than $3 more per year.

Councilman John Wascom, the lone vote against the increase, tells The Advocate he thought the city should look for ways to save money rather than raising taxes on its residents and businesses.

Durbin said voters years ago approved a much higher millage than the adjusted rate of 3.604 mills, but the council repeatedly rolled back the city's property taxes except in lean recession years.

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