Morehouse parish officials are urging parish voters to approve multiple tax renewals that are on the ballot for the April 29th election. Stressing that these are existing taxes, for which the parish is required to seek a renewal, parish officials say that failure to approve the renewals could led to cutbacks in road repairs, drainage issues and deterioration of parish maintained buildings, such as the courthouse and Sheriff's Office.

 

The taxes up for renewal are used for the following purposes, with other revenue sources used for those purposes noted for each item:

 

Road fund: this fund is a dedicated fund for the purpose of maintenance of roads and bridges as well as the operational expenditures of the parish highway department. The main revenue for this fund is a 5.58 mill Property Tax that was re-authorized in 2007 by the voters for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2009 and ending with the year 2018. This tax generates approximately $800,000.00 in revenue. This tax was passed in 1994 and renewed every 10 years.

Other Revenues:

an appropriation from the state of Louisiana, from the Parish Transportation Act Fund. generates approximately $350,000

a 1/2% sales tax from Sales Tax District No. 1 that was authorized by voters (the portion of Morehouse Parish located within the corporate limits of the Villages of Bonita, Collinston, Mer Rouge and Oak Ridge) in 2010 commencing January 1, 2011.

 

Drainage Fund: This fund is a dedicated fund for the purpose of maintenance of drainage canals and ditches as well as acquiring, maintaining and/or operating drainage machinery and equipment. The revenue for this fund is a 2.55 mill Property Tax that was re-authorized in 2007 by the voters for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2008 and ending with the year 2017. This tax generates approximately $365,000.00. Tax was passed in 1972 and renewed every 10 years.

Other Revenues:

None

Building Maintenance Fund: This fund is a dedicated fund for the purpose of constructing, repairing, renovating, equipping, maintaining and operating public buildings. The revenue for this fund is a 1.02 Mill Property Tax that was re-authorized in 2007 by the voters for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2008 and ending with the year 2017. This tax generates approximately $145,000 is revenue. Tax was passed in 1997 and renewed every 10 years.

Other Revenues:

.60 mill Property Tax that was re-authorized in 2015 by the voters for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2016 and ending with the year 2025. generating approximately $85,000.00