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  • Elliott Stonecipher
  • Elliott Stonecipher

Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:48 A.M.

I have recently written about ways public school systems in Caddo and Bossier Parishes are set to score property tax revenue windfalls by way of very low May 4th voter turnout. Here are links to those articles:

Bossier Parish School Board shocking tax hike, article on March 27th:

Caddo Parish School Board’s slippery op, article on April 5th:

As it stands, with almost no public awareness of these elections / tax hikes, voter turnout will be disproportionately high among those intended to benefit from resulting property tax millions.

Particularly for those who do NOT wish to take this tax-hike beating, important election-related dates are detailed below.

To be clear, I have never in my decades of such work watched / heard less discussion of an intended ultra-high tax increase than this one by the Bossier Parish School Board (BPSB).

Such a two-proposition, 26.16-mill property tax increase is simply unheard of.

Those 26.16-mills are a 40% property tax increase … in one gulp … from the current 65.36-mills charged by BPSB to 91.52-mills.

Notable are the employee pay hikes: raises of $7,200 a year for professionals in the ranks, and $3,000 for support personnel.

Here is how much Bossier Parish annual property tax bills will INCREASE, based on the taxable value of a home. (A tax assessor’s “assessed value,” minus our $75,000 Louisiana Homestead Exemption, results in the home’s taxable value.)

Here are sample INCREASES in your annual property tax …

… $ 150,000 Taxable Value … $ 392 per year
… $ 250,000 Taxable Value … $ 654 per year
… $ 350,000 Taxable Value … $ 916 per year

Should the tax pass, the BPSB millage of 91.52-mills will blow past the 67.26-mills by DeSoto Parish schools, and the 73.82-mills by the Caddo Parish School Board.

As I discussed in my previous article, Bossier public schools have earned a systemwide grade of “B” from the Louisiana Department of Education, as have DeSoto Parish schools. (Caddo Parish is graded a notably low “C”.)

In this latest grading by the Louisiana Department of Education, there are only four “A”-graded public school districts.

According to Louisiana Tax Commission 2018 Annual Reports, none of these “A”-graded districts has a public school system property tax anywhere nearly as high as the 91.52-mills Bossier will charge if the proposed taxes are approved on May 4th …

… Zachary Community School District … 79.20-mills
… Ascension Parish … 61.59-mills
… Lafourche Parish … 43.30-mills
… Vermilion Parish … 39.65-mills

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Dates of note for the May 4th election in Caddo and Bossier:

April 13th … Deadline for online registration via Louisiana Secretary of State website

April 20th … Early voting begins (ends on April 27th)

April 30th … Deadline to request mail (“absentee”) ballots
May 3rd … Deadline for Voter Registrar to receive mail ballots

May 4th … Election Day

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Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott is a freelance contributor to RealShreveport.com and any other locally interested publications. Importantly, Elliott has several first-hand experiences in almost every aspect of the best and worst in local politics of Louisiana, particularly Northwest Louisiana. For several years and at great personal risk, Elliott has worked as a watchdog in local politics by writing and exposing numerous subjects that every other media outlet has refused to touch.

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