LIVINGSTON — Most Livingston Parish residents will have their 2011 school tax rates lowered, according to a resolution the School Board adopted Thursday.
Maurepas is the only area that will see an increase, from 16.84 mills to 21.73 mills, said Terry Hughes, the school system’s business manager.
The increase in Maurepas is due to a reassessment of properties in the Head of Island area.
Several home and business-owners in Head of Island had been assessed in the Maurepas district, although their children attended French Settlement schools.
That has been corrected for the 2011 tax rolls, Hughes said.
Parishwide millages — which include the constitutional millage, a parishwide support millage, construction and maintenance millages — will remain unchanged from 2010, Hughes said.
Denham Springs’ millage rate will drop from 18.29 to 13.88, according to documents provided by Hughes.
Walker’s rate will drop from 11.41 to 8.77, the documents show.
Watson’s rate will remain unchanged at 25 mills, Hughes said.
Other issues taken up by the board included:
FUEL EXCISE TAX: The board approved a resolution petitioning “Governor Jindal and the State Legislature to create an exemption from fuel excise taxes in favor of public school systems.”
The tax costs the school system 20 cents on every gallon of gasoline and diesel it purchases, board attorney Carey T. Jones said.
“Not only is the state not adequately funding public
education, it is taking money back through this tax,” Jones said.
An exemption from the tax could save the school system upward of $100,000 per year, Jones said.