DONALDSONVILLE — The Ascension Parish School Board is urging the parish’s state senators and representatives to oppose any effort to exempt business inventory from local property taxes.
At its meeting Tuesday night, the board approved a resolution, to be sent to the legislators for Ascension Parish, asking for their opposition to any such legislation.
“If such a repeal (of the inventory tax) happened, that would cost our budget $11 million,” the amount the School Board saw from the inventory tax in 2014, Superintendent Patrice Pujol said.
The state legislature is looking at the issue now as it faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. A state income tax credit reimburses businesses 100 percent of what they pay to parishes each year in property taxes on their business inventory.
The Ascension Parish School Board’s resolution points out that no one has proposed a method to replace the loss of revenue that would result if the business inventory tax were repealed.
The board on Tuesday also approved annual pay increases of approximately $5,600 to $8,000 for various positions in its maintenance department, ranging from school facility manager to maintenance foreman, in an effort to retain employees as well as fill some jobs — two heating and air conditioning technicians and one electrician position — that have been vacant for a year or more.
The average hourly pay for those positions in the past has been between $16 per hour and $18 per hour.
School Board members also recognized Dutchtown High School senior Christian Logarbo, 18, the son of Rodney and Jill Logarbo, for perfect attendance in school, from the first grade all the way to the 12th grade.
Linda Honey, the district’s supervisor of child welfare and attendance, presented Christian with a plaque on the occasion.
Christian thanked his family and School Board members.
And, he said, “I thank God for giving me the good fortune to make every day of school.”
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