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  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... more »
  • House tax bills receive passage from Senate committee

    May 18, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year's budget has sailed through its first stop in the Senate amid ongoing budget negotiations. Without objection Monday, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced 11 bills to rework tax break programs, scale back... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss cigarette tax hike Monday

    May 18, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Four weeks remain in the Louisiana session. Balancing the budget is still the focus for state lawmakers, who have yet to reach an agreement on how to close the $1.6 billion shortfall. Today the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs is set to discuss a tax... more »
  • Possible hotel tax coming to Baton Rouge

    May 13, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is deciding whether to approve two proposed taxing districts for downtown hotels. Plans call for a new Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard Mariott. Developers of both projects are seeking new tax increment financing districts. These new districts would allow developers to... more »
  • US records biggest budget surplus in 7 years

    May 12, 2015 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department says a flood of tax payments pushed government receipts up to an all-time high in April and left the country with the largest monthly budget surplus in seven years. The department's budget report put the April surplus at $156.7 billion, up from a surplus of... more »
  • Jindal continues to call for revenue neutral budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2015 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At an informal meeting with reporters on Friday before leaving the state, Governor Bobby Jindal evaded specific questions about about tax credit rollbacks and repeated a general statement he gave Thursday after the state House approved millions of dollars in tax changes. "Any tax credit where... more »
  • House passes $677 million in tax, credit changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial cap on tax credits for the filmmaking industry. An increased cigarette sales tax. Scaling back solar and corporate tax credits. Almost a dozen such bills were all passed by the Louisiana House Thursday in their efforts to raise revenue and start filling a $1.6... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on budget issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget battle is heating up today at the Capitol. Lawmakers are expecting a long debate as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hopes of getting more money to balance next year's budget. State Treasurer, John Kennedy talked to News 2's John Pastorek about what the... more »
  • Film tax credit fight nears check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden made an impassioned defense of the state film tax credit at a press conference that unveiled more films to be shot in Baton Rouge. "This industry is too important to shut the door on people who need jobs, can do these jobs, and can... more »
  • House Committee approves tax hike for road projects

    May 6, 2015 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan to fund road projects in Louisiana is moving forward at the Capitol. A House Committee approved two plans that would mean billions of dollars for road and bridge improvements over the next ten years. Lawmakers are considering a one cent sales tax increase, and a... more »
  • Tax hikes for roadwork begin advancing in Louisiana House

    May 5, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers tired of pothole-riddled roads, traffic congestion and a never-addressed wish list of transportation projects are considering tax hikes to raise money for roadwork. The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposals Tuesday that could pour billions into road and bridge improvements over the next decade:... more »
  • Jindal's tax plan temporarily stalls, but revived within hours

    May 4, 2015 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A key piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to balance next year's budget sputtered briefly in the House tax committee, which initially rejected the tax plan only to revive it within hours and pass it. The proposal to scale back a tax credit for companies that pay local... more »
  • Voters around Louisiana OK 49 taxes, nix 10

    May 4, 2015 3:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Voters in 28 parishes around Louisiana considered nearly 60 tax measures, and the vast majority passed. New or renewed taxes include one for libraries in New Orleans, a $175 service charge for a Bastrop fire protection district, and four for Rapides Parish schools. Slidell-area voters turned down proposals... more »
  • Residents relieved about fire tax renewal

    May 3, 2015 7:51 PM

    HOLDEN - Residents in Livingston made it clear that they want to keep their fire department running after voters chose to renew a 11.1 millage tax for another ten years. A whopping ninety-two percent of residents in Holden approved the tax on Saturday in order to save their District... more »
  • Election results for May ballot

    May 2, 2015 11:56 PM

    Baton Rouge - All ten tax proposals got a yes from voters in the WBRZ viewing area. Nine of them were renewals and one of them was a new tax. In east Baton Rouge parish, two tax proposals from the St. George Fire Department Passed. A Renewal tax which... more »
  • St. George Fire District seeks $2 million tax hike check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Elections this weekend could lead to higher taxes for some in East Baton Rouge Parish as voters will be asked to approve a property tax increase and renew another. The St. George Fire Protection District put two separate tax proposals on the May 2 ballot. ... more »
  • Budget-balancing deal has yet to take shape in Legislature

    April 30, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers remain undecided on an approach for closing next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, so the House tax committee has advanced a menu of options that could become the building blocks of a budget-balancing deal. The Ways and Means Committee sent to the House floor a cigarette tax... more »
  • Iberville school tax renewals on ballot Saturday

    April 29, 2015 7:58 AM

    PLAQUMINE- Iberville Parish voters head to the polls Saturday to consider renewing three 10-year tax proposals to help the school system maintain its alternative school programs, building maintenance and its ability to offer competitive salaries for its teachers. The tax measures are projected to generate about $9.9 million a year... more »
  • Guilty verdict against 3 in film tax credit scheme

    April 28, 2015 3:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury has returned guilty verdicts against three people for their role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a film tax credit scheme. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says the jury found 65-year-old Peter M. Hoffman, his estranged wife, 69-year-old Susan Hoffman,... more »
  • Inventory tax repeal derailed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 20, 2015 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley , R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • Budget work gets derailed at Capitol

    April 20, 2015 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • Livingston schools getting word out for tax renewal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2015 4:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Public Schools plan to be proactive to get voters to approve a tax renewal set for the May 2 ballot. Schools in the parish will send students home with fliers to get parents to vote for the tax. The school system will also make phone... more »
  • Livingston hopes to sway voters to approve school tax renewal

    April 14, 2015 8:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The school district is hoping to convince voters to renew a tax that has been on the books for sixty years. The district begged voters in a press release Tuesday, to renew the tax that funds maintenance projects for "every school building in the school district." ... more »
  • La. film industry in court spotlight amid budget crunch

    April 11, 2015 12:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A tax credit program lauded for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South" but lamented for its cost to a cash-strapped state government is at the center of a federal trial opening in New Orleans. The defendants are two film industry executives and a New Orleans attorney accused of... more »
  • Gas tax proposed to build new infrastructure

    April 7, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are proposing a 4 cent gas tax on top of the 20 cents Louisianians already pay at the pump. Representative Karen St. Germain is sponsoring the bill , she said it will provide revenue for new roads and bridges. The Plaquemine Democrat chairs the House Transportation,... more »
  • Film industry pushing its own study of La. tax break program

    April 6, 2015 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fighting to keep its tax break program from being gutted, the film industry is circulating a rosier economic analysis of the program's impact in Louisiana than a state-financed study. The study released Monday by the Motion Picture Association of America suggests Louisiana's film tax breaks generated 33,500... more »
  • Zachary taxpayers vote on sales tax to help fund school programs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:34 PM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary school board is asking taxpayers for an additional one percent in sales tax to fund school programs. Residents will vote Saturday on the sales tax, which would help fund programs like the arts, music, foreign language, and athletics department. "We're asking the public which... more »
  • Free help filing taxes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new tax program is offering help to people in the capital area. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available to the elderly, disabled, and people with low to moderate income. "It's a free program, so not only can you save the money to get... more »
  • Library asks for tax renewal, but it'll be a few bucks more

    March 19, 2015 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The library board here approved asking voters to renew its operational tax. Following the approval Thursday night, the measure next goes before the Metro Council and, if approved there, then to voters. But, while the tax is a renewal, it will collect more than what... more »
  • Stephen King pans governor over inaccurate residency claim

    March 19, 2015 12:59 PM

    AUGUSTA, Maine - Stephen King isn't pleased with Gov. Paul LePage's inaccurate claim that the horror writer has moved from Maine. LePage used his radio address this week to make his case for eliminating Maine's income tax. He said states without an income tax, such as Florida, have lured away... more »
  • Louisiana taxpayers leave unclaimed money on the table check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 10, 2015 8:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax time is here, and many Louisiana taxpayers could be leaving some money on the table. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon stopped by 2une In this morning with some important tax reminders. "53% of the money that's available to be taken advantage of either as a... more »
  • Lawmakers consider changes to La. film tax break program

    March 4, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two New Orleans-area lawmakers have opened conversations on scaling back Louisiana's generous film tax credit program. Ideas presented Wednesday to an entertainment industry advisory commission would cap the program's costs, reduce covered expenses and tweak rules to combat fraud. Tax credits for film and television productions helped... more »
  • Task force recommends gas tax change

    March 4, 2015 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A transportation funding task force recommended Wednesday that an existing Louisiana state gas tax could get a boost to help deal with budget shortfalls in the state. The task force recommended that the existing tax be tied to the consumer price index. Lawmakers said that would... more »
  • State begins processing tax returns; refunds coming

    March 2, 2015 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday. Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country The Department of Revenue originally said it would not... more »
  • Another tax preparer arrested for tax fraud

    February 27, 2015 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Harvey woman is accused of falsifying information on her own tax return and those of clients of her tax preparation business. State revenue officials, in a news release Thursday, said Lisa Adams allegedly submitted state tax returns for Omega Tax Services clients containing false business losses.... more »
  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC

    February 27, 2015 2:28 AM

    PALM BEACH, FL - Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials - tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor. But convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His... more »
  • Film industry could suffer if tax credits sunset check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The popular film tax credits that have helped create "Hollywood South" in Louisiana could face some changes as the state searches for ways to save money. Some lawmakers have proposed changing the program to include a cap of $300 million on the amount of credits doled... more »
  • Protect yourself: Springtime is scam time check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Springtime is scam time. Whether it's your tax returns or yard work, scammers are looking to con you to get your money or personal information. National Consumer Protection Week was created to keep that from happening. "We're seeing a lot of disputes about tax prepares," Sam... more »
  • Mental Health of Inmates check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Will the mental health of inmates end up costing taxpayers or are there other options? Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto brings this to light Monday on WBRZ News 2 at 10. more »
  • State reports flood of false tax returns Play Video

    February 6, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana revenue officials said they've discovered more than 2,000 attempts to file fraudulent tax returns through popular tax software this year. The Department of Revenue said 2,011 returns filed through Intuit / TurboTax have been filed as fraudulent. "To our knowledge, our systems at the... more »
  • Super help with filing on Super Tax Day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 5, 2015 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The scramble is on to get your tax returns ready. If you're stressing out, there's a way for you to receive free assistance. Capital Area United Way is hosting their annual Super Tax Day this weekend. Kendall Hebert joined us on 2une In this morning with the... more »
  • Prison tour shows cell doors won't close check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 3, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After a proposed tax to build a new prison failed in the Metro Council, Warden Dennis Grimes is hoping to highlight problems that could spark change for his facility. The East Baton Rouge Parish Prison has beds for 1,594 inmates and is at full capacity. Parts of... more »
  • Idea suggested to fix prison with no tax increase

    February 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council say the parish should hire a private company to finance, build and operate a new jail without a tax increase. The proposal comes as local law enforcement leaders seek a new jail to replace one they say... more »
  • St. George Fire millage proposals pass Metro Council

    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 »
  • Council proposes lower tax for health unit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Tax Season 101 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • St. George FD to try to sell council on shorter tax

    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 »
  • Baker city officials explore revenue options Play Video

    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 »
  • Woman accused in prison tax fraud scheme

    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 »
  • Metro Council considering cutting EBR library funding check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Metro Council message: no new taxes Play Video

    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 »
  • Baker looking for other ways to keep finances afloat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Baton Rouge mother and son charged with filing false tax returns

    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 »
  • Mayor's tax proposal on Metro Council agenda Play Video

    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 »
  • St. George fire district requesting tax increase check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Tips for filing taxes this year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Last-minute donations roll in before 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • State's top school system could cut teachers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • WBR to consider boosting sales tax for sheriff

    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 »
  • BREC golf report to be released Tuesday

    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 »
  • Livingston schools need tax renewal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Sports complex's future dim after tax fails check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Mayor proposing $350 million tax Play Video

    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 »
  • House moves to extend tax breaks through December

    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 »
  • Fire district's future depends on voters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Mosquito money still a problem in Livingston check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Ascension Parish fire protection tax up for renewal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Nonprofit explains audit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • La. tax amnesty collections expected to be harder

    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 »
  • Gonzales council attorney fees raising eyebrows check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Real movie drama over tax credits check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • St. Helena to get new school facility check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Auditor: Spending disciplined in Ascension Parish

    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 »
  • Council moves forward with Ascension recreation tax

    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 »
  • Possible tax for Tara to become a crime district

    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 »
  • Tax evader apologizes

    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 »
  • Ascension Assessor adds millions to tax rolls check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • West Feliciana schools moving on without property tax check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »

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