City council keeps millages rolled back

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

Plaquemine's city property taxes will remain at their current level at least through 2013, saving taxpayers some $40,000 a year, the Board of Selectmen decided last week.

“We thought with the economy the way it is, the people needed that break,” said Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta, who made the recommendation.

Property in Louisiana is reassessed every four years. If property values rise, local governing bodies then have to roll their millages back to keep taxes at the same level as before or – by a two-thirds vote – roll millages up to the amounts approved by voters.

As they did last year, city council members voted to roll the millages back to 10.37 mills, and will not consider the issue again until after the next reassessment.  They could have rolled the millage up to as much as 11.65 mills.