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Millage vote is right move

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On Tuesday, members of the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury voted to kill an increase in general alimony millages, or funds gathered from property tax.

Last year, the jury voted to make the rates 1.68 mills inside the city of Ruston and 3.37 mills outside the city limits.

By keeping these rates and not rolling them forward to their full extent, 1.82 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.65 mills outside the city limits — an option that was on the table — jurors saved residents approximately $105,450.

Laura Hartt, parish treasurer, said that while the millages were not rolled forward, an increase would come from property values going up.

“The General Alimony millages were not rolled forward; however, a small increase will be realized due to the increase in property values for 2017,” she said.

“The increase will be $28,250 to the general fund only. Projected total revenue to the general fund is $1.268 million.”

As Randy Roberson, jury president, explained to the gathered crowd before the millage vote, this is an annual vote taken by the jury.

“We adjust millages every year. By state law, we have to roll them back to collect the same amount of money as the previous year or we can keep the millages the same and collect the extra income from new property,” he said. “This money goes into the general fund to be used. They can be used for any public purpose.”

A large crowd gathered to witness the vote; we applaude the members of the community who came out to voice their opinions on the issue.

When citizens participate, our local governments are aware of public opinion and they know that constituents care about what is happening in our city and parish.

The Ruston Daily Leader supports the keeping of the lower millage rates for citizens.

As Lou Taylor, of Ruston, said during the meeting, “I think so many of us here don’t know what’s happening with our money and we don’t want any more taxes. We can’t buy groceries, we can’t buy medicine, we can’t buy cars because we are paying almost 11 percent in the city and parish in sales tax.”

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