In a public meeting this 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.
The Sheriff’s Office has held its millage without an increase for the past several years.
“It is extremely challenging to maintain a balanced budget with no adjustment while the cost of providing services continues to increase sharply. Gas prices alone are wreaking havoc on many public entities’ budgets. However, I know that in the current economic climate we all have to tighten our belts and do more with less. I could not in good conscience ask the residents of St. Tammany to pay more taxes this year. We were committed to whatever had to be done not to increase their property taxes,” Sheriff Strain said.
For the 2012 tax year, the STPSO has adopted a reduced millage rate of 11.66 mils.
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.