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May 15, 2014 8:05 AM by AP

Terrebonne tax increase proposed for teacher pay

Terrebonne Parish voters can expect to be faced with the question of providing more tax money for schools in December.

Superintendent Philip Martin says nothing has been finalized, but the district is mulling a half-cent sales tax increase, which would be used exclusively to increase teacher salaries.

The Courier reports the district's taxing options were discussed at a public forum on Wednesday.

Those who purchase goods in Terrebonne pay a 9-cent sales tax. Four percent of that total goes to the state while a little more than 2 cents goes to the school district, accounting for about a quarter of the district's annual budget.

Martin says increasing that by a half cent would give the district some $12 million in recurring revenue.

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