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Monroe Chamber Board supports tax propositions

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Monroe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support two ten-year Ouachita Parish tax propositions scheduled to be on the Saturday, May 3 ballot. 

The two proposals are a renewal of the 7.64 mil Ouachita Parish Library tax; and a renewal of the 2.9 mil Green Oaks Detention Center tax. The May propositions are a renewal, however currently the Police Jury is levying at a slightly lower rate-7.47 mils for the Library and 2.64 mils for Green Oaks.

Before taking a position on the taxes, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce Governmental Committee met with Police Jury president Shane Smiley, Brad Cammack, business director for the Ouachita Parish Police Jury, Robin Toms, director of the Ouachita Parish Library and Lamar Anderson, director of the Green Oaks Detention Center to discuss the tax renewals, the current use of those funds and to understand more about the need for future funding.

"I reviewed the latest audited financial report for the Police Jury which reflects healthy fund balances in most funds," said Tim Green, Chairman for the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. "The Ouachita Parish Police Jurors and the management of the library and Green Oaks are to be complimented on being prudent fiscal stewards of taxpayers' dollars," he added.

The Ouachita Parish Library proposition generates approximately $7 million per year and is used to maintain and operate ten library branches located throughout Ouachita Parish. The second proposition is for 2.9 mils and is used to maintain and operate the Green Oaks Detention Center. The tax generates a just over $2.5 million per year.

The Chamber's Governmental Division monitors the programs, policies and actions of all taxing authorities in Ouachita Parish.  Since businesses in Ouachita Parish pay approximately 86% of all property taxes in the Parish, the Monroe Chamber is keenly interested in property tax initiatives.  After meeting with Ouachita Parish Police Jury officials and reviewing the proposals, the Monroe Chamber board agreed that it is important for the wellbeing of Ouachita Parish that both taxes pass. The Monroe Chamber Board of Directors voted to support both property tax measures.

From: News Release

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