The North Shore Harbor Center already has events scheduled for 2023, so it is asking voters this week to approve a tax renewal that won’t kick in until 2018 so center officials can make financial plans for events eight years out.
A 3-mill, 10-year property tax renewal for the event hall will go before voters in and around Slidell and Pearl River on Saturday, and the center’s director said the $1.6 million the tax would produce a year is necessary to plan for events several years in the future.
The center already has a Mardi Gras ball and a consumer show booked for 2023, Director Kathy Lowrey said.
“We are at a premium on weekends,” she said, adding that large consumer shows book far into the future to secure the location.
The original 3-mill tax to support the center was passed in 2007 and will expire at the end of 2017.
Also before voters north of the Pearl River area is a tax renewal for Recreation District No. 7, this one of a 3.98-mill, 10-year tax; the renewal would take effect in 2016.
The tax would provide about $140,000 a year for the district, which has a total annual budget of about $160,000, according to its most recent audit. The district also gets some revenue from a cell tower on its property.
The tax will pay for maintenance and operations of the approximately 70-acre facility as well as help fund the construction of new soccer, baseball and football fields, according to Director Roy Yates.
Recreation District No. 7 serves about 1,000 children in its programs, as well as hosting adult league coed softball, Yates said.
On the western side of the parish, voters in Fire District No. 12 will decide whether to renew a 5-mill, 20-year property tax starting next year.
The tax provides about $1.2 million a year for the district, which serves about 26,000 people stretching from rural areas north of Covington to the subdivisions along the east side of U.S. 190.
The funds will be used for personnel, equipment and improvement of stations, according to a flier put out by the district.
The district has about 40 personnel and answers 2,500 calls yearly, according to its website.
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