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GARBAGE TAX?! GEEZ, WHAT ABOUT OUR SKY-HIGH PROPERTY TAX!!

By:
  • Elliott Stonecipher
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  • Adrian Perkins

Saturday, March 23, 2019 … 4:38 P.M.

As things now stand, the Shreveport City Council will try again at next Tuesday’s meeting to finally approve – or not, we hope – Mayor Adrian Perkins’ garbage tax.

Supposedly, the vote will be on a $7.00-a-month fee.

From the jump of this debate – Perkins hit taxpayers with it two weeks after his swearing-in – a chunk of nasty, rotten dishonesty has been thrown in our faces, usually like this …

… “Bossier City residents pay $16 a month for garbage collection, and Shreveporters pay nothing!”

My response is this article … which I have waited until now to use in proving how stinkin’ that is.

Here’s the truth: yes, Bossier residents pay $16 each month for the service. Instead, Shreveporters pay multiplies of that with our outrageously high PROPERTY TAXES!!

Here is the only way to get Mayor Perkins and his handlers to grasp this unique downside of very heavy taxation in Shreveport / Caddo Parish …

… if you are a resident inside the city limits of Shreveport, you pay some 162.42-mills in property taxes: 33.65-mills levied and collected by City Hall, and 128.77 mills by other Caddo Parish taxers, most notably the Caddo Parish School Board.

Here are comparisons with the following cities / places …

SHREVEPORT: 33.65-mills / Other Caddo: 128.77 … 162.42-mills total

Bossier City: 23.36-mills / Other Bossier: 111.48-mills … 134.84-mills total

Lake Charles: 15.23-mills / Other Calcasieu: 122.33-mills … 137.56 total

Baton Rouge: 23.50-mills / Other E. B. R: 96.11-mills … 119.61-mills total

Lafayette: 17.80-mills / Other Lafayette: 84.13-mills … 101.93-mills total

New Orleans: City and Orleans Parish share boundaries … 145.76 total

Monroe: 27.09-mills / Other Ouachita: 84.75-mills … 111.84-mills

St. Tammany Parish, Tax District #21: Ward 7, Lacombe area … 160.88-mills

I yet find nowhere in Louisiana with property taxes higher than for Shreveport residents.

The nearest I found was hidden among the three-dozen taxing districts in St. Tammany Parish. It is Tax District #21, a rural area between Slidell and Mandeville with high, self-voted Fire and Recreation District millages.

For the record, millages in St. Tammany have been reduced 15.2% since 2007.

Bottom line, the oft-used piece of hooey from City Hall & Friends about our daring to have “no garbage fee” fails to add, “but nobody anywhere around here wants to pay our property taxes!!”

Our property and other taxes here pay out $8.4 million General Fund garbage collection expense.

Please pass this information along to your City Council member if you think it may help prevent this or ANY other new tax on Shreveporters.

© 2019 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

1. Louisiana Tax Commission, City / Parish Annual Reports:
http://www.latax.state.la.us/Menu_Annual…/AnnualReports.aspx

2. Bossier City 2017 property tax:
Shreveport Times article, Sarah Crawford, September 20, 2017, quoting Stacie Fernandez, Bossier City Director of Finance.

3. City of Shreveport 2018 property tax, SEE Page 4 of:
https://www.shreveportla.gov/…/1803292018-Property-Tax-Rene…

4. Lake Charles / Calcasieu, City of Lake Charles Operating Budget Page 298, “Property Tax Millage Rates, Direct and Overlapping Governments”:
https://www.cityoflakecharles.com/…/do…/1543507765_74328.pdf

5. Baton Rouge / East Baton Rouge Parish Tax Assessor:
http://www.ebrpa.org/PageDisplay.asp?p1=4682

6. New Orleans / Orleans Parish Municipal Budget, Page 60:
https://www.nola.gov/…/2018-Adopted-Budget-Book-3-9-2018.pdf

7. Lafayette Parish Tax Assessor, “Topics of Note, How is My Tax Bill Calculated”:
http://www.lafayetteassessor.com/Home/Topics

8. Monroe / Ouachita Parish, Ouachita Parish Assessor:http://www.opassessor.com/Tax/MillageRatesByWard

9. St. Tammany Parish Tax Assessor: “St. Tammany Parish Millages, 2017 & 2018”
https://stpao.org/…/2018.Millage-Breakdown-by-Taxing-Dist.-…

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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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