The Lafayette Parish School Board decided Monday to consider placing a 14-mill property tax proposal on the ballot to pay for priority school projects and maintenance and a separate 2-mill property tax for programming such as security and technology upgrades.
Of the 14 mills, 11.5 mills would be used to refund up to about $360 million in bonded debt and the other 2.5 mills would be collected and dedicated for maintenance.
Monday’s decision does not mean the property tax is headed for a ballot yet. The board will decide at its Dec. 2 meeting whether to call for property taxes on the April 9 ballot.
The go-ahead on the 14-mill property tax proposition was approved by all board members present. Board member Jeremy Hidalgo was absent.
The other proposed 2-mill property tax would generate about $3.7 million annually for school safety initiatives, including security upgrades and additional school resource officers, technology and education innovation.
Superintendent Donald Aguillard suggested the board ask the voters to fund $327 million in projects.
Those include: second phase of the new high school planned for Youngsville; a replacement facility for Lafayette High; a second phase of construction at L.J. Alleman Middle; replacement of Carencro Heights Elementary; air-conditioning in all gyms and improvements at all other high schools.
The board agreed to add renovations to W.D. Smith Career Center to the list, which is estimated at $30 million.
The final list of projects would be included in the proposed resolution, which the board will finalize at its Dec. 2 meeting.
The board took separate votes on the millage rate and the type of bonds that would be issued.
The board approved issuing general obligation bonds in a 5-3 vote with board members Tommy Angelle, Tehmi Chassion and Erick Knezek voting against. Knezek favored issuing limited tax bonds.
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