OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish Council agreed Tuesday to place a 10-year, 10.36-mill property tax renewal on the May 2 ballot for Fire District 3.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said he called the special meeting Tuesday because calling the election is “a time-sensitive issue.”
The matter had been delayed after the council failed to consider the issue at its Jan. 21 meeting.
Fire District 3, which operates nine stations, covers a wide swath across the most-populated areas of St. Landry, Fire Chief Ray Mendenhall said.
The property tax has most recently been generating $1.683 million annually.
When the fire district tax was originally passed by voters in 1995, the millage at the time was 9.85, Fontenot said.
During the past three years, he said, state auditors suggested raising the millage to 10.36.
“That was done as an adjustment in order to provide the same level of services from the fire district. The voters will not be asked to pass a (property) tax increase,” Fontenot said, because the 10.36 mills in the proposed renewal is the same millage from the last three years.