Council approves property tax for juvie jail
DONALDSONVILLE- Property taxes will likely increase in Ascension Parish to raise money for a new juvenile detention facility.
Parish leaders approved the hike Thursday night. They are allowed to levy a one-mill tax for juvenile detention facilities without a public vote because of a law enacted by the Louisiana Legislature in the 1980's.
Not everyone supports the plan, which will raise taxes on properties valued at $175,000 about $10 per year.
Until the facility is built, teens who commit crimes will serve time at a facility outside the parish. A location for the new facility has not been decided.
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