Voters in Gretna have renewed 6 mills in property taxes for sewer and street light maintenance and repair.
With all 12 precincts reporting, the 2-mill sewer tax passed 61 percent to 39 percent.
With all 14 precincts reporting, the 4-mill street light-repair tax passed 57 percent to 43 percent.
The sewer tax does not include the Timberlane Estates subdivision, which gets its sewer service from Jefferson Parish.
The street light millage will be levied in Timberlane for the first time if the citywide renewal is approved. Gretna annexed the Timberlane subdivision on Jan. 1, 2009.
The 10-year renewals run through 2025.
At present, the city is not levying the full amount that either of the taxes was last approved for. It is collecting only 2.82 mills of the authorized 4-mill tax for streetlight repair and 1.7 mills of the 2-mill tax for sewer maintenance.
At the current collection levels, the streetlight millage generates about $415,000 a year, which goes toward paying for the electricity the lights use, along with repairs and replacements.
The millage for sewer work generates revenue — $222,105 at the current rate of 1.7 mills — to dig up, fix and replace broken lines. The sewer tax is the sole source of funding in the budget for sewer repair and maintenance.
Gretna’s current $48 million annual budget includes an operating budget of $17.8 million.
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