School Board adjusts millage rate
By Shantelle Breaux
CROWLEY – At Monday night’s meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board, the board adjusted millage rates in the parish, adopting 25.17 mill tax rate for the next four years. According to a hand out provided by the board, the income generated from this tax will be about $600,000 per year.
A major source for parishwide revenue in the district, over the last four years, the same millage has been collected by the parish.
Because the proposed tax had been advertised before the meeting for 30 days, a public hearing was not held on Monday in Crowley.
Acadia Parish School Board Member Milton Simar stated at the meeting that he had a meeting with the Parish tax assessor because of concerns he had, and when he left that meeting he still had concerns about the tax. He said, however, that everyone he talked to in his district didn’t mind paying the tax if the children would benefit from it.
School Board President Roland Boudreaux also said that he had not talked to one person who had made negative comments about rolling forward the millages.
“I think we’ve used this money wisely,” said Acadia Parish School Superintendent John Bourque.
About $3.81 million from the millage is expected to be collected by Acadia Parish, indicated by this year’s school system fiscal budget which started on July 1. $7.34 million will be collected from a different parish sales tax.
The budget also indicates that revenues, including investment interest, leased timber and agricultural property, and mineral royalties, will give the school system in Acadia about $13.66 million.