Strain: Sheriff's Office will not increase millage rate
Contributor: FOX8Live.com Staff
St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain
FOX 8 received this news release from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon:
In a public meeting yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Jack Strain announced the agency will not increase the millage rate used to calculate the Sheriff's office property tax revenue this year.
This will be the sixth year in a row the Sheriff's office has either decreased or held its millage the same.
"As with all St. Tammany residents, our expenses are continuing to rise. The price of utilities and gasoline dramatically affect our bottom line, and it is becoming harder every year to maintain a balanced budget. Still, through sound fiscal management, we were able to balance next year's budget without a millage rate increase. We remain committed to keeping our residents' taxes as low as possible, while also providing them with the finest law enforcement services available," Sheriff Strain said.
For the 2013 tax year, the STPSO will hold its millage rate steady at 11.66 mils. This means a family living in a home valued at $200,000 and claiming homestead exemption will pay approximately $145 per year in property taxes to the Sheriff's office.
Approximately $100,000 in extra revenue would have been generated if the Sheriff's Office had set their rate to the maximum allowable level.
Each taxing body's millage is determined separately. Though the Sheriff's Office is holding their rate this year without an increase, residents are reminded that other agencies in the parish may adjust their rate, which could have an effect on their overall property tax bill.
In conjunction with the public meeting on millage rates, Sheriff Strain also held a meeting with the public to discuss the annual budget of the Sheriff's Office. This is the first time both meetings were held together.
This meeting was intended to help inform the public on the finances of the agency. A summary of the budget will be posted on the Sheriff's office website, www.stpso.com.
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