Jun 21, 2013 9:00 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
The Harahan City Council has unanimously raised the city's tax rate by 1/5 of a mill, after officials insisted the city needs the extra $30,000 a year to cope with rising operating costs. The increase will go into effect on tax bills mailed to property owners near the end of the year.
Harahan voters had authorized a maximum 15.81 mills in city property taxes, including millages collected for fire protection, sewerage and other public functions. But residents were paying slightly less, 15.62 mills, because the council had lowered the tax rate in recent years to avoid a windfall from rising property values.
The tax increase approved Thursday restored the city's millage to the maximum 15.81 mills.