January 28, 2015 6:09 PM
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.... more »
January 22, 2015 4:25 PM
LIVINGSTON - The parish council approved a 2.5 mill tax renewal for the parish health unit Thursday night in a second attempt at getting the renewal approved by voters.
In November, voters denied the original, 5 mill renewal.
The change means, if passed, the average homeowner would pay... more »
January 20, 2015 8:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue began accepting state individual tax returns today, as did the Internal Revenue Service. This morning on 2une In we were joined by the LDR's Director of Criminal Investigations Barry Kelly who had some tips to survive Tax Season 2015.
"You need... more »
January 19, 2015 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- Officials with the St. George Fire Department approved a new tax plan to pitch city leaders.
Monday, the group voted to propose a ten-year tax instead of one that was 20-years . The initial tax proposal was not approved by the Metro Council last week.
The... more »
January 16, 2015 6:23 PM
BAKER - City officials met to discuss possible ways to help Baker's budget Friday.
The two biggest options looked at were an increase in property taxes and an increase in sales taxes.
Right now the current sales tax is 9.5 percent. The maximum the city can charge in... more »
January 16, 2015 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities filed charges against a New Orleans woman who's accused of filing false state tax returns for a number of people, including some prison inmates.
Investigators charged Thelma Jean Lee with multiple felonies for filing 38 faked tax returns and getting thousands of dollars in refunds... more »
January 15, 2015 6:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro council members are looking for alternative funding options for a $16 billion mental health facility after Mayor Kip Holden's tax proposal failed Wednesday night, and one place their looking could make a city agency the victim of their own success.
Without the mayor's proposed tax... more »
January 14, 2015 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Wednesday night not to bring East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposal for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to a public vote. The tax bump would have funded public safety and capital improvement projects.
council members in favor of the plan... more »
January 14, 2015 5:26 PM
BAKER - City officials in Baker will have a special meeting this week to discuss ways to solve the city's money problems.
Councilwoman Joyce Burgess called for what she said will be a "brainstorming" meeting after the council turned down a water rate increase. The council voted 4-1 to... more »
January 14, 2015 2:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- A woman and her son are facing 40 counts together of suspected fraud.
Madie Langley and her son Darin Langley were both arrested for filing false tax returns. Both work as tax preparers at Matrix Computers and Tax Services in Baton Rouge.
Investigators found tax returns... more »
January 14, 2015 8:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - A proposed sales tax is on the agenda for the Metro Council meeting today in Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden is asking for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to fund public safety projects.
Holden's proposed $335 million tax plan would also fund capital improvements. It... more »
January 6, 2015 3:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - The St. George Fire Protection District says they have reached a point where something had to be done to keep their doors open. The district is requesting a 2-mill tax increase for property owners, after decades of losing property to other parts of the parish.
"The... more »
January 6, 2015 6:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - It's time to file your taxes this year, and there are some changes you need to know about. This tax season is expected to be the worst in years for both the IRS and taxpayers.
The agency's budget is smaller and the tax code is more... more »
December 31, 2014 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army and other charities across Baton Rouge saw a last-minute surge of donations Wednesday, the last day for this year's tax deduction.
The Salvation Army says it's one of the busiest days of the year for donations. The charity on Airline Highway saw around... more »
December 29, 2014 5:56 PM
ZACHARY - After ranking number one overall for public school districts in the state, the Zachary Community School District is now looking for new ways to bring in money.
A legislative audit shows the district spent nearly $4 million more than it made in the last school year, dipping... more »
December 20, 2014 7:55 PM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge residents could be handing over more money every time they make a purchase if they approve a half-cent sales tax headed to the March ballot.
The tax hike would bring in about $3 million a year to benefit law enforcement.
The proposed... more »
December 15, 2014 10:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, BREC will discuss its plan for reorganizing its golf operation.
A WBRZ report earlier in 2014 found there has been a 20 percent drop in rounds since 2010. The number of rounds peaked in 2009, with 156,000.
To figure out a strategy, BREC hired... more »
December 11, 2014 5:20 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish school board plans to call a special election in the spring for a tax renewal that pays for maintaining schools.
Recently voters in the parish shot down two tax renewals. In the Holden area voters turned down a renewal that would pay for fire... more »
December 8, 2014 4:10 PM
WATSON - A sports complex in Livingston Parish will struggle to survive after voters turned down a tax renewal Saturday.
The renewal would have lasted ten years and provided $850,000 a year to maintain and improve the Live Oak Sports Complex. People who use the complex say it offers... more »
December 4, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden will ask the Metro Council next week to add a measure to a January agenda to introduce a tax plan which would generate $350 million.
The tax proposal would fund needed public safety infrastructure improvements.
According to Councilman Buddy Amoroso, the money would... more »
December 3, 2014 6:33 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is moving to extend a $45 billion package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 returns. Beyond Dec. 31, their fate would be uncertain. The... more »
December 1, 2014 4:17 PM
HOLDEN - A fire protection district could shut down in Livingston Parish if voters strike down a tax renewal in Holden.
Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 10 Chief Warren Stewart says the district would miss out on $172,000 each year if the tax renewal fails to pass. That's money... more »
November 11, 2014 9:55 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- As the end of the Mosquito Abatement program nears in Livingston Parish, current director Jeanine Tessmer is working hard to secure funding that could keep the program alive.
"We will not be spraying in 2015 and that's going to allow the mosquitoes to grow in the numbers... more »
October 28, 2014 5:43 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A tax that supports the Ascension Parish Fire District No. 3 is up for renewal next Tuesday.
The $10 million property tax is expected to generate at least $2 million dollar a year over the next ten years.
Fire Chief Mark Stewart says the money is... more »
September 29, 2014 5:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge is explaining an audit that details some mistakes the organization made when it submitted payments for payroll taxes and employee contributions.
The audit shows that the group was not making those payments on time, but the organization says that's because... more »
September 22, 2014 2:03 PM
BATON ROUGE- Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says delinquent taxpayers seeking to take advantage of Louisiana's latest amnesty period will be allowed to pay their back-owed debts through an installment plan. Barfield hopes offering that new option will help generate more interest in the amnesty program, which needs to drum up... more »
September 11, 2014 5:10 PM
GONZALES - Weeks after Judge Alvin Turner filed a suit against the council, the bills are already rolling in for work performed by attorneys in the case.
Turner sued the council after they refused to rezone his property, but only three councilmen, Gary Lacombe, Terance Irvin, and Timothy Vessel,... more »
August 28, 2014 11:07 PM
BATON ROUGE- The fight over production locations could become as dramatic as the films themselves since California is ready to try to keep cameras in Hollywood.
The LA Times reported the governor of California signed off on a deal to triple the funding for movie tax credits. It will... more »
July 24, 2014 5:24 PM
GREENSBURG - The St. Helena College and Career Academy is gearing up for the school year by working to complete construction on a brand new facility.
The building will have classrooms, a science lab, and administrative offices. It will hold between 700 and 800 students.
The school was... more »
June 27, 2014 6:29 AM
GONZALES- Fueled by record collections of sales and property taxes buoyed by growth in the industrial sector in 2013, a newly released financial audit finds Ascension Parish government cut its debts by $10 million and boosted its net worth to $152.5 million. The costs of primary government rose $4.5 million... more »
June 19, 2014 10:21 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Council members voted 7-2 Thursday night to add a 5 mill property tax to the November ballot that, if approved by voters, would fund recreational improvements in Ascension Parish.
A team of people called "Better Recreation Now" presented their project for at $30 million dollar plan... more »
June 6, 2014 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Residents of the Tara subdivision have a possible tax hike in their future.
Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation to give more security to people in the Tara subdivision, making it a crime district. The money from the $100 tax will go toward increased patrols and other... more »
June 3, 2014 8:00 PM
PLAINFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE- A woman who went to prison for holding U.S. Marshals at bay months after she was convicted of tax evasion apologized to her hometown.
Elaine Brown and her husband were convicted in 2009 for plotting to kill federal agents during a standoff at their house. They... more »
June 3, 2014 6:02 PM
GONZALES- An aerial assessment of Ascension Parish found nearly 15 percent of property owners weren't paying a fair share of taxes.
Ascension Assessor, M.J. "Mert" Smiley, used aerial pictometry to create an updated map of the parish that shows several plots that weren't being taxed before he came into... more »
May 5, 2014 4:49 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - West Feliciana Parish missed out on millions of dollars to improve its schools after voters in the parish shot down a new property tax.
However, West Feliciana Schools Superintendent Hollis Milton says the top-ten ranked district will continue to do more with less.
"Our hope... more »
April 28, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - For decades, golf has been the playground for fun, business and competition. Lately, the game has left many courses struggling to reinvent themselves to bring back the luster of the game.
The golf graveyard recently grew with the closing of the Oaks at Sherwood. Other courses... more »
April 15, 2014 11:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Post Offices in Baton Rouge are keeping their regular hours for Tuesday.
Tuesday is the deadline to file federal income taxes.
Those filing by mail have to have them postmarked by April 15. The IRS says many people don't realize that if you're owed... more »
April 5, 2014 10:44 PM
GREENSBURG- Voters in St. Helena Parish were the only ones to deny a tax in a Saturday election.
The tax would have funded the sheriff's office. It failed 65% to 35%. Just shy of 2000 people voted in the election. Voters in Livingston and Iberville Parishes approved tax items... more »
April 4, 2014 6:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - BREC says they plan to improve their 12 existing community parks and possibly create another, if their dedicated property tax is renewed in the April 5 election.
The tax, renewed every 10 years makes up about $227 million in funding for BREC parks.
On Saturday's... more »
March 21, 2014 10:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Supreme Court denied to hear arguments dealing with a lawsuit over the CATS property tax.
It means an end to the suit over the controversial tax that voters approved two years ago. Baton Rouge, voters favored the tax by a 54% to 46% margin. The... more »
March 21, 2014 5:19 PM
GONZALES- A bill that will soon be at the Capitol could pave the way for the Ascension Council to approve a tax that would help fund new roads.
"If someone moves into a taxing district, they will know up front, it'll be on the plot map, that it will... more »
March 13, 2014 6:12 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- Shoppers can expect to pay more starting in April as part of an agreement made between the city and Ascension Parish ten years ago.
When Donaldsonville and Ascension agreed to annex a portion of the parish's land to the city in 2004, it came with an agreement to... more »
February 19, 2014 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers.
Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He... more »
February 18, 2014 11:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - An Alabama man has been arrested in Baton Rouge for filing false state income tax returns in Louisiana.
Investigators say John Nikolakis received nearly $32,000 in refunds by filing false returns over the last four plus years.
He faces 23 counts of filing false public... more »
February 12, 2014 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- There was no agreement on what to do about a controversial tax decision some said would stifle the plans for the City of St. George, so an agenda item about locking in sales taxes collected in unincorporated East Baton Rouge Parish died Wednesday night.
The Metro Council... more »
January 16, 2014 11:27 PM
WALKER- Voters will be asked to fund an expansion at the city's high school.
Thursday, the Livingston Parish School Board approved sending a tax item to the May ballot. The tax could generate $25 million.
Walker High School has about 1,000 students and the principal expects it to... more »
January 16, 2014 5:46 PM
WALKER - Walker High School has outgrown its campus, and now school leaders may get taxpayers to help them expand.
The Livingston Parish School Board is considering a bond election at its meeting tonight. The tax would raise up to $25 million for the school during the next 20... more »
December 26, 2013 11:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will be in an unfamiliar position of deciding what to do with a surplus of as much as $300 million.
It comes after years of having to cut the budget. The surplus is from better than projected tax revenue and a tax amnesty program... more »
December 10, 2013 10:30 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- City leaders approved a one-cent sales tax for a new shopping district along I-12.
The Springs at Riverside Landing will be inside city limits and a few miles away from the delayed Juban Crossing development. The sales tax would help fund the site. City leaders will oversee... more »
November 25, 2013 2:34 PM
BATON ROUGE -The 2013 state tax amnesty program has reached its goal of $200 million in collection for the 2014 fiscal year.
That's according to the state Department of Revenue.
The program offered noncompliant taxpayers an opportunity to settle their accounts with the state by paying all taxes... more »
November 25, 2013 7:37 AM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council plans to ask voters to rededicate a portion of the 5-mill East Ascension drainage tax toward major recreation improvements.
While details are still being developed, the proposed 10-year, 3-mill recreation tax would fund new park and ball field upgrades, new spray grounds, jogging... more »
November 20, 2013 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- In a fiery letter to State Treasurer John Kennedy, an attorney for a non profit that has received state money, accuses him of showboating and using his political power for personal gain.
Mary Olive Pierson, writing on behalf of the Colomb Foundation and its director Sterling Colomb,... more »
November 12, 2013 11:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- The interim CEO could become a more permanent fixture of the bus company since a committee of the board is proposing hiring him full time.
Bob Mirabito has been leading the bus system since the former CEO resigned amid scandal in May.
Mirabito has been at... more »
November 7, 2013 11:05 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- City leaders approved setting an economic development district up for a planned new shopping center along the interstate.
The Springs at Riverside Landing is expected to have restaurants and other merchants. Construction could start at the end of the year if the environmental impact study is approved.... more »
October 23, 2013 10:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bus routes will be changing in a few months since the Metro Council approved a measure Wednesday night.
Ten routes will be added and it is expected to shorten trip times. The changes will be made in March.
New routes and better times were promised since... more »
October 17, 2013 10:21 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council approved a new tax to fund a parish juvenile detention center. In addition, a new study concerning a potential toll road is coming to Ascension.
The new tax will add about 10-20 dollars per year to property taxes in the parish. Ascension is... more »
October 15, 2013 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- A fare increase is no longer on the table after a meeting among leaders of the Capital Area Transit System Tuesday afternoon.
Increasing fares by a quarter will instead be studied and not discussed for about a month. The increase would have come as fares for transfers... more »
October 10, 2013 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former state representative has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court today.
Former state Rep. Girod Jackson entered his plea on three tax fraud accounts in U.S. District Court in New Orelans. Jackson resigned from the Lousiana Legislature in August after being charged with... more »
October 9, 2013 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved Ben Miller to fill a vacant seat on the Capital Area Transit System.
Miller replaces former board president Isaiah Marshall.
The vote to fill Montrell McCaleb's seat is deferred for two weeks. Metro Council members were deadlocked on two candidates after three... more »
September 23, 2013 5:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- An amnesty program for those behind on their taxes begins today in Louisiana.
The program offers taxpayers a chance to catch up without all the penalties. According to the Department of Revenue more than 440,000 people are behind on paying state taxes, which equals about $1.4 billion... more »
September 16, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month.
It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October.
"They spray at night, you can hear the... more »
September 16, 2013 11:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Five people in the Baton Rouge area are being charged with tax fraud and identify theft totaling claims over more than $1.4 million.
The charges come from an initiative by U.S. Attorney's Office, the IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice to combat stolen identify and... more »
September 12, 2013 5:59 PM
GONZALES - Increased tax revenue is fueling a plan to expand high schools in Ascension Parish.
The boost in tax money has already been promised to construction projects for the school system, and that could turn into freshman academies at East Ascension, St. Amant, and Dutchtown High Schools.
... more »
September 6, 2013 4:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A planned discussion among city leaders to dissolve the Capital Area Transit System has been canceled.
Councilman John Delgado, who made the request for an upcoming Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, pulled it. He said he wants more time to "fully vet the resolution with the members."... more »
September 4, 2013 10:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- As many as 27 nonprofit organizations have failed to report financial documents to the treasurer, weeks after the documents were requested.
Auditors have requested the information so they can see how non-governmental organizations are spending tax-payer money, given to them by state lawmakers during legislative sessions.
... more »
August 29, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Gay, married couples will be able to file joint federal income tax returns in Louisiana since the IRS said Thursday it will recognize same-sex marriages.
The federal government will take returns from married couples, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage... more »
August 29, 2013 3:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - Two non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, connected to State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb have until Wednesday to report how they spent hundreds of thousands of state tax dollars.
State Treasurer John Kennedy compiled a list of 34 nonprofits. Fifteen of those are not in compliance with the treasurer's... more »
August 26, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- Hollywood South has struck a nerve with the other Hollywood- in California- and it means there could be an entertainment war.
The mayor of Los Angeles has declared an "emergency," and vows to fight the exodus of production crews from his city. To do that, there is... more »
August 22, 2013 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - People are demanding a repeal of the tax that funds the public transit system in the wake of recent controversies
"Instead of making Baton Rouge look like the next great city, it's making clear that there are some very corrupt people," conservative activist Woody Jenkins said.... more »
August 21, 2013 12:05 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board has voted to back Assessor M.J. Smiley Jr.'s plan using aerial imagery to find buildings and other improvements not on the tax rolls. The Advocate reports the unopposed vote on Tuesday means the school board agreed to chip in $235,000 for a $400,000... more »
August 9, 2013 4:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - A legislative committee has delayed approval of incentives for a huge fuel plant planned for southwestern Louisiana, with some members complaining they don't have enough information about the cost of tax incentives used to lure the facility.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's economic development chief, Stephen Moret, fought... more »
August 6, 2013 10:48 PM
GONZALES- The tax assessor in Ascension Parish wants to buy a $400,000 system that uses aerial photos to help set property taxes.
Mert Smiley told the Ascension Parish School Board Tuesday, as much as $15 million in added revenue could be generated each year. The system, he said, would... more »
August 1, 2013 11:10 PM
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... more »
July 31, 2013 4:47 PM
NEW ROADS - A judge today did not grant a request by the town of New Roads to halt a tax increase from being enacted in Pointe Coupee Parish.
The town's mayor, Robert Myer, said they would appeal the decision.
At issue is a millage increase which would... more »
July 31, 2013 11:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - As many as 700 taxpayers have filed appeals of rejected claims for an alternative fuel tax credit program that caused controversy last year. The Daily Advertiser reports that talk of a class-action lawsuit also is on the rise, in the ongoing dispute over the Department of Revenue's... more »
July 30, 2013 11:07 PM
BATON ROUGE- There is expected to be a demand for local talent when the crew of the new Fantastic Four movie moves to Louisiana in September.
The film was being shot in Canada, but is changing locations because of the state's tax incentives for film production.
Industry insiders... more »
July 29, 2013 10:03 AM
GONZALES - Mert Smiley campaigned for the Ascension Parish Assessor's Office on allegations that his predecessor wasn't fulfilling the duties of the office and on promises to voters that he would do more if elected. Smiley said there were numerous properties in the parish that either weren't properly assessed or... more »
July 25, 2013 11:03 PM
LIVINGSTON- Parish leaders could not agree on what to do about a tax-share plan for the Juban Crossing development. So, a plan to give a larger percentage of sales tax to the project died Thursday night.
"The first time they got it, it was enough. Then, the second time... more »
July 23, 2013 1:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - Delinquent taxpayers can get a reprieve from penalties for paying their back-owed taxes in an upcoming amnesty period that begins in September. The state revenue department announced Tuesday that the first year of the tax amnesty program created by lawmakers will run from Sept. 23 through Nov.... more »
July 19, 2013 6:17 PM
NEW ROADS - Workers are paving streets all over New Roads and Connie Hurst's block is one of them.
"We needed to go wider, which I see that they're doing," she says, "It would benefit a lot."
The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury says a measure it passed... more »