Apr 8, 2013 9:01 AM by AP
The head of public schools in Terrebonne Parish says Terrebonne parish's property tax rate of 9.27 mills is the lowest in the state - and well below the state average of 40 mills.
It's a comparison Terrebonne Superintendent Philip Martin is stressing as he pitches a proposed 31-mill property tax boost on the parish ballot on May 4.
The Courier reports that Martin was unapologetic as he sought support for the tax hike during a gathering at Terrebonne High School on Thursday.
Martin said the new revenue would fund improvements including a $4,000 annual raise for teachers.
There is opposition. Jeff Teuton, the Bayou Cane Fire Board chairman, said he worries the school tax hike would kill chances for any other districts getting a tax passed.