Leaders plan to push tax increase again
LIVINGSTON - Just one year later, leaders want to push a property tax increase to fund Livingston Parish mosquito control again.
It was voted-down last year, but since about a third of residents still skip-out on paying the fee, Mosquito and Abatement believes the tax is necessary.
Without any other options, leaders want residents to vote again in hopes that this time they get on board.
"Getting the information to update the records itself is a major problem," abatement director Jean Tessmer said. "Then we have some people that have lived here all their life and just refuse to pay for mosquito control."
It means a loss of $300,000 a year, she said.
"It would be put on to their property taxes that you get at the end of the year and that you pay one time and you're done with it and everything would be in the same place," said Tessmer.
On Thursday, Livingston Parish Council tabled the decision on whether to put the measure on the October ballot until the May 9 meeting.
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