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St.Landry Parish voters say new proposed taxes "not necessary"

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Nearly 80 people packed Toby's lounge on Tuesday evening to share their concerns about the new proposed tax. Among those concerns, what voters say is a lack of transparency on the school board.  

One proposal is a 10 year, 11.3 mill tax that would fund pay raises for teachers and other employees. The other is a 12.1 mill property tax that would allow the school board to sell 99 million dollars in bonds to pay for school renovations. 

"Now when you think about it, when this money is collected, you have no idea what's going to happen to it because there is no concrete plan. As a matter of fact, you don't even know what's happening to the money that's being collected now," one voter explained. 

Other voters shared with the audience that they are under the impression the tax is going to double and in some instances, even triple current property owners taxes.

According to the school board's website, if the propositions pass, property taxes on a home valued at $100,000 would go up by $5 a month. For a home valued at $200,000, the property tax would increase by $24, 50 cents per month.

Voters find themselves both upset and confused because they believe the board hasn't presented a clear plan for what it will do with any new tax revenue, and they believe that raises a red flag. 

St. Landry Schools Superintendent Patrick Jenkins and various board members have been on hand at numerous planned forums to discuss the new tax proposals with the public. More on a meeting earlier this month can be read here.

In total, six public forums were held at various schools around the parish. 

Some voters, however, believe the board doesn't need the money because the school system will be losing students over the next few years. 

The St.Landry Parish School Board will hold one final informational meeting for residents to learn about the proposed tax next week. That meeting will happen on March 7th, at Beau Chene High School at 6p.m. Officials will be on hand to answer all questions. 

The report on the tax proposal from SLPSB can be viewed below or at the link provided here: https://www.slp.k12.la.us/apps/pages/Millage_Presentation

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