St. George Fire millage proposals pass Metro Council
BATON ROUGE - After voting down a similar millage proposal at their previous meeting, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved two millage requests to fund the St. George Fire Protection District.
St. George initially asked for a 3.25 millage tax for 20 years, which the Metro Council denied. Tonight they split their proposal into two separate measures, a 2 mill increase and a 1.25 replacement millage meant to cover a non-renewable millage ending this spring, both of which wound up passing. The measures would only be in effect for ten years instead of 20.
Both will now go before voters on the May 2 ballot.
Fire Chief Gerard Tarleton said they've seen declining revenues for years as the city of Baton Rouge grew. The district currently is at 14 mills which will generate about $15.8 million in 2015. According to the assessors office an additional 2 mills would bring the total revenue to just over $18 million. Property valued at $100,000 currently pays $35 a year. The additional mills would increase that tax to $40 a year.
The last tax increase to the St. George Fire District was in 2000.