DENHAM SPRINGS — The city’s property tax revenue should remain flat for 2016 after the City Council agreed to adopt the adjusted millage rate and collect the same amount as in 2015.
With a projected taxable value in Denham Springs of nearly $83.5 million, the city would need to levy only 3.478 mills of the 3.725-mill maximum to collect the same amount in property tax for 2016 as it did this year, according to figures the Livingston Parish Assessor’s Office provided the council.
At that rate, the city is slated to bring in about $290,365 — a revenue level the council deemed sufficient in voting June 14 to adopt the adjusted rate for 2016.
Had the council rolled the millage forward to the maximum 3.725 mills, an additional $20,620 would have flowed into the city’s coffers, according to the assessor’s estimates.
At the same meeting, the council introduced and set for public hearing on June 27 the city’s amended budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and its budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
Proposed capital expenditures for the 2016-2017 general fund include $15,000 for tablet computers and $5,000 for scanners to help the administration transition to paperless records retention; $25,000 to replace aged laptops in the Police Department; $129,000 for three outfitted Chevrolet Tahoes for the Police Department; $25,170 for an extrication tool for the Fire Department; and $120,000 for a new boom mower and $40,000 for a public service van for the Street Department.
In the utilities fund, proposed capital expenditures include $106,000 to replace three vehicles in the gas and sewer departments and $133,000 for two generators that the Water Department will use to provide auxiliary power at the Carolyn Street and Rushing Road wells.
In an unrelated matter, the council also authorized Mayor Gerard Landry to apply for up to $50,000 in grant funds through the state Office of Community Development’s Community Water Enrichment Fund to replace water meters in some of the oldest areas of the city.
Replacing the under-registering meters will help eliminate excessive water leakage in yards and ditches, according to the council’s resolution.
In an unrelated matter, the council also authorized the mayor to enter into a 36-month rental contract with Xerox for a copier for the city’s Gas Department at a cost of $163.57 per month.
The copier will replace a copy machine the department has used for about 10 years, Landry said.
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