Posted: Dec 17, 2013 5:53 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Dec 17, 2013 5:53 PM
GONZALES - Schools in Assumption Parish may pay the price for some companies not paying enough taxes.
A recent audit revealed close to $15 million in undeclared taxes, of which $5.5 million is supposed to go to schools. On Tuesday, though, the tax commission delayed a decision on whether to collect those back taxes.
The superintendent says the school district is in desperate need of the money.
"Most of our facilities are old, dating back to 1938 and 1940. We've got roof damage, termite damage, different things that we deal with on a daily basis," said Superintendent Earl Martinez.
Tuesday morning, parish leaders met with the tax commission to try and get money they believed is owed to the parish.
"This is not an anti-industry fight. What's fair is fair. We need to be compensated," said Sheriff Mike Waguespack.
Attorneys representing the companies believed at fault filed a memorandum with the tax commission opposing the request to change the tax rolls dating back to 2010.
"We have been paying taxes in accordance with how the commission has ruled we must... and how the commission rules say we must," said Cheryl Kornick, an attorney representing the companies.
This issue will be discussed at the next tax commission meeting in the new year.