Tallulah to vote on tax renewals Saturday

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 8:44 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - People in the city of Tallulah will have the opportunity to vote on two tax renewals on the August 15th ballot.

City officials are emphasizing the importance of both.

The first is dedicated to streets, roads, and drainage. It brings in around $132,000 per year and is a property tax of 8.81 mills.

"And we have several miles of streets, and just maintaining them, filling the potholes, digging the ditches, it's a full-time job, and if we don't pass this we will face some layoffs and problems with the city," said Charles Finlayson, Mayor of Tallulah.

The second is for general purposes and helps fund police and fire departments. It brings in around $140,000 per year. It is a property tax of 9.34 mills.

"We cannot afford to lose it, you know, if we lose it, then we're looking at laying off personnel, reduction in services, just things that would adversely affect the general public at large," said Harold Allen, Tallulah Fire Chief.

A mill is one dollar per thousand of the assessed value of the property.

Both taxes would be renewed for ten years, from 2021 to 2030.

The mayor wanted to emphasize that this is a renewal, not a new tax or an increase.

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