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TYLER CHANGES TAX HIKE STORY AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN

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  • Elliott Stonecipher
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UPDATE #2 … TUESDAY, May 23, 2017, 7:41 A.M.

In what can only be called a major embarrassment for Mayor Ollie Tyler and Shreveport, taxers at City Hall have changed stories twice again since yesterday morning …

… while throwing the Tax Assessor under the bus.

Perhaps best showing how their effort has blown up on them, KSLA-TV reports the net effect of all the tax craziness will be “… (a reduction) of the City’s millage rate of almost a half-mill.”

On the other hand, the Shreveport Times says there will be a hike in one tax, a drop in another, a drop of 48-mills, after the originally announced increase of 36-mills .. IF things work out as City Hall says.

You may trust and believe THIS: I am not making any of this up.

Councilman Michael Corbin is thus quoted by KSLA:

“There were some discrepancies in the tax roll for 2016 and the city lost about a half million dollar in 2016 because of the way taxes came in and the way we budgeted and they anticipate another 500 to 600 thousand in 2017 so this roll forward is administrations attempt to recoup that 500 thousand dollars. …

So when the city voted on this originally and then a couple of renewals, it does have a cap on it. So that 17.65 is the cap and it can’t go above that without public input, and interestingly enough, this will be up for renewal in 2018.”

KSLA adds this:

“The rate was rolled back last year due because (sic) property values were overestimated by the parish tax assessor’s office, says a statement released Monday by the city’s administration.”

Here is the KSLA-TV story:

http://www.ksla.com/…/city-proposals-would-lower-tax-rate-b…

Remember, above all else, the original statement from Mayor Tyler when she rolled all of this out last Friday, as KTBS-TV quickly reported:

“The City intends to consider rolling forward millage rates from 17.290 mills to 17.650 mills. … The estimated amount of tax revenues to be collected in the next year from the increased millage is $26,747,000.00, and the estimated amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase is $530,000.00.”

We can KNOW this: the ineptitude at City Hall as proven in yesterday’s developments is epic … and worsening.

Remember the water-billing outrage as you consider all of this, then ask yourself one question: can we REALLY believe the tax hike – as the Mayor originally explained it Friday, before political heat was applied – is not exactly that?

At this point, an honorable and capable City Hall would pull all of this down unless and until they figure out what in hades they are doing.

Personally, I’d bet our taxes are going UP, not down, when this smoke clears … and City Hall will be totally incapable of explaining what really happened.

© 2017 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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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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