NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Audubon Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to roll its current millage rate forward, keeping the rate the same, but effectively raising the assessment charged to Orleans Parish property owners on their property tax bills.
The millage payout is based on property value here in the city, and after reassessments this year, property values have skyrocketed.
The owner of a home valued at $250,000 would see increase of $3.33 on their current tax bill. Audubon says that would generate a total of $350,000.
Board members say the tax increase is a small price to pay for the huge impact the facilities are having and will continue to have on the community.
"Audubon has really been a great center of New Orleans. it means so much to so many people," said Audubon Commission president Kelly Duncan.
"From an educational standpoint and from and enjoyment standpoint it brings people into the city so it's an economic builder for the city and it's important to New Orleans," Duncan said.
The Audubon Commission is a 24-member board of trustees, appointed to staggered six-year terms by the mayor and approved by the City Council. It is charged with the oversight and development.