Facts on the Bossier Parish School Tax Referendums, May 4, 2019

April 12, 2019 special called board meeting
MOTION: To take no position, but offer feedback to the School Board (by paper ballot)
RECOMMENDATION: The Bossier Chamber Board of Directors recommends to the Bossier Parish School Board that they pull the propositions off the May 4, 2019 ballot and come back with a better collaborative offering.

Proposition No. 1 of 2 (Millage)
Shall Parishwide School District of the Parish of Bossier, State of Louisiana (the “District”), levy a twenty-two and ninety-four hundredths (22.94) mills tax on all property subject to taxation in the District for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2019 and ending with the year 2028 (an estimated $22,192,464 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for the purpose of giving additional support to the public elementary and secondary schools of the Parish by providing funds for the payment of salaries and benefits of teachers and other school employees?
A vote for would increase property taxes across the parish for businesses and residents alike. According to the Bossier Parish Tax Assessor’s office, Proposition 1 at 22.94 mills would constitute an increase of 21.10% for businesses within the city of Bossier City but the increase varies outside of the city limits. For the schools, it would increase teacher pay by $7,200 across the board and $3,000 for support personnel.
A vote against would maintain property taxes at approximately the current levels.

Proposition No. 2 of 2 (Millage)
Shall Parishwide School District of the Parish of Bossier, State of Louisiana (the “District”), levy a three and twenty-two hundredths (3.22) mills tax on all property subject to taxation in the District for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2019 and ending with the year 2028 (an estimated $3,090,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for the purpose of giving additional support to the public elementary and secondary schools of the Parish by funding the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of the infrastructure, hardware, software and related furnishings, equipment, supplies and facilities for computer and related technology training and instruction in the public elementary and secondary schools of the Parish?
A vote for would increase property taxes across the parish for businesses and residents alike. According to the Bossier Parish Tax Assessor’s office, Proposition 2 at 3.22 mills would constitute an increase of 2.96% for businesses within the city of Bossier City but the increase varies outside of the city limits. It would give the schools approximately $3 million per year to invest in technology upgrades, mainly in infrastructure, to increase wireless capability and allow the school district to comply with FCC national recommendations for bandwidth and Internet broadband capability per student.
A vote against would maintain property taxes at approximately the current levels.

**If both millages pass, according to the Bossier Parish Tax Assessor’s office, this would constitute a total property tax increase of 24% for businesses within the city of Bossier City but the increase varies outside of the city limits.

SURVEY: The Bossier Chamber of Commerce polled its membership, asking about their support for the two tax referendum propositions on the May 4 ballot. The results were:
Proposition 1 (salaries):
22.2% For
16.6% Against
60% Against but encourage collaboration
Proposition 2 (technology)
32.2% For
18.8% Against
48.8% Against but encourage collaboration

See the full fact sheet here!