Sep 18, 2013 8:45 AM by AP
Property owners in Lafayette Parish will get a break in tax bills mailed out later this year.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday suspended the collection of the 0.94-mill Public Health Unit property tax this year and reduced the tax that funds mosquito control programs from 1.5 mills to 0.5 mills.
Both property taxes bring in far more revenue than is needed to support the respective programs, and the savings from prior years have grown to a total of about $13.4 million.
That built-up savings will allow city-parish government to continue funding the health unit and the mosquito control program over the next year even with the tax cut.
Parish officials say the taxes are expected to be restored to the old levels in 2014.