GONZALES — The Ascension Parish School Board agreed to fund once every four years a portion of the cost of a project by the Parish Assessor’s Office to add new property to the parish tax rolls through flyovers of the parish and aerial imagery.
When Assessor Mert Smiley began the project in 2012, with funding from every jurisdiction that collects taxes in Ascension Parish, the School Board’s portion of the cost was $182,115, part of which was an initial, one-time cost, Diane Allison, the school system’s director of business services, said at Tuesday’s board meeting.
That project, however, generated $10.3 million in additional property tax revenue for the school district, Allison said.
The School Board voted to pay $120,000 every four years for updates to the Assessor’s Office aerial imagery project, beginning in the fiscal year 2017-18.
Smiley, who spoke about the project to the board, said the next flyover wouldn’t again generate $10 million in tax revenue for the school district because much of the unassessed property was discovered in the initial flyover.
But, he said, a figure of $1 million in additional property tax revenues for the school district from the next flyover would be likely.
Board members on Tuesday also recognized a number of people for special achievements:
Dutchtown Middle School eighth-grader Hiba Azeem Hasan was honored for being named Louisiana’s 2016 Middle School Student of the Year.
The East Ascension High School basketball coaches and players also were honored for their 2015-16 year, which saw them achieve a 30-7 record.
Three players, Jimel London, Le’Aaron Cain and Koye Ruffin, were selected to the 5-5A All-District team. Cain also was selected to the second team All State in Class 5A.
Dutchtown High teacher Traci Martin, who teaches a program called ProStart, which gives students skills for a culinary profession, was named ProStart Educator of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association.