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BIG Event to provide advice, assistance for farming and agricultural industry

The following is provided by Biz Magazine

The Bossier Parish Police Jury and Trailblazer RC&D will host The Bossier BIG Event Aug. 17, 2019, at Bossier Parish Community College. 

The BIG Event will feature workshops on USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service technical and financial assistance, USDA Farm Service Agency farm loan programs, USDA Rural Development financial opportunities, small business development opportunities, youth in agriculture opportunities, and estate planning/legal matters.

“The BIG Event is a great opportunity for Bossier Parish residents to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives and learn how they can help you improve your farm or ranch,” said Bob Brotherton of the Bossier Parish Police Jury.  “In addition, a local attorney will offer estate planning advice—and it is all free!”

The Bossier BIG Event will take place on August 17, 2019, at the Bossier Parish Community College, in Building F, Room 203, 6220 East Texas Street, in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Workshops will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.  You are encouraged to pre-register; however on-site registration is available on the day of the event beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

To pre-register to attend or for more information on The Bossier BIG EVENT, call (318) 255-3554 or email ceo@trailblazer.organd provide your name, contact information, and name of event.  If you need special accommodations to attend this event, please call (318) 255-3554 as soon as possible.  

The Bossier BIG Event is made possible by a community partnership among USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier Parish Police Jury, and Trailblazer RC&D.  Sponsors for this event include ENABLE Midstream Partners; Mudd & Holland Consulting Foresters, LLC; Burnham Construction; Whitetails Unlimited; Bossier Parish Police Jury; Bossier Parish Community College; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Trailblazer RC&D.

Centenary College hires Patrick Meehan as assistant athletic director for strategic communications

Shreveport native Patrick Meehan will join Centenary Athletics as assistant athletic director for strategic communications on August 5. Meehan will support and promote Centenary’s 15 current men’s and women’s athletic teams as well as assist with the launch of three new sports in the 2020-2021 academic year: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, and competitive cheer and dance.

“In Patrick we’ve identified a professional who will strategically blend public relations, highlighting student-athletes and coaches across various digital platforms, and connecting with the campus and Shreveport-Bossier communities,” says Marcus Manning, director of athletics and recreation at Centenary. “We are excited to welcome Patrick to the Centenary Team.”

Meehan began his career in sports information at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he was a four-year student assistant with the LSU Sports Information Department and had the opportunity to work at major athletic events, including numerous NCAA baseball regionals and super regionals, the 2002 NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor National Championship, and two SEC men’s basketball tournaments. Meehan served as the primary contact for women’s soccer, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and was the secondary contact for baseball.

For more on Patrick please click on the link below.

https://www.gocentenary.com/general/2018-19/releases/patrickmeehan

Please welcome Patrick to the Centenary Team.

Bossier Schools prepare for the year with upcoming events

The start of school is less than two weeks away for Bossier Parish students, so they are in high gear getting ready for the 2019-20 year. That means helping bridge the gap for families needing uniforms, asking our community to help us fill the bus with school supplies, parent PREP night and a huge archery celebration to honor our State, National and (hopefully) World champions! 

Below is the list of upcoming events to help Bossier Parish students get ready for the year ahead:

Saturday, July 27 
Uniform Giveaway: Plantation Park Elementary, 2410 Plantation Drive Bossier City, Noon-2:00 p.m. 
Affording school uniforms can be a financial burden for many families, so Northpoint Community Church is stepping in to help. This outstanding community partner will be giving away over 3,000 FREE uniforms and school supplies to the public at the 7th Annual Bossier Back to School Event from noon to 2 p.m. in the Plantation Park Elementary gym. A guardian must be present with each child and a valid photo ID or utility bill showing residency in Bossier Parish will be required to receive uniforms or supplies.

Tuesday, July 30 
Archery Celebration: Benton Middle School Gym, 6140 LA 3 Benton, 5:30 p.m. 
Come help us celebrate our State, National and (fingers crossed) World archery champions! Several Bossier Parish archery teams are competing this weekend in the 2019 NASP Open and Championship Tournaments in Nashville, TN. Bossier Parish teams already hold the State and National Championships and we are hoping to add World Champions to that list! The victory party honoring our teams’ accomplishments will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 in the Benton Middle School gym. Everyone is invited. 

Wednesday, July 31 
Big Bus Debut: Apollo Elementary, 2400 Viking Drive, Bossier City, 10:00 a.m. 
Bossier Schools had a special delivery over the summer; 14 new air-conditioned 77-passenger buses. That brings our fleet of air-conditioned buses to nearly 60-percent, which is a huge testament to the district’s Transportation department and commitment from the Bossier Parish School Board. Superintendent Mitch Downey will take his first ride aboard one of the new buses and he is inviting our media partners to come along. We will depart Apollo Elementary at 10:00 a.m. for a quick ride and to tell you about the bus features and pass along a few reminders for parents before school starts. 

Thursday, August 1 
Princeton PREP Night: Princeton Elementary, 1895 Winfield Rd., Princeton, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Princeton Elementary is hosting PREP Night for parents. Patriots Ready for Education at Princeton is a special night set aside to showcase the House that Princeton Built. Families will be able to register, meet their child’s teachers and learn how to best help their student be successful. Numerous community partners will also be on hand and dinner and child care is available. PREP Night is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the school. 

Friday, August 2 
Fill the Bus: Walmart, 2536 Airline Drive, Bossier City, 4:00-7:00 p.m. 
The United Way of Northwest Louisiana is teaming up with Bossier Schools to help us “Fill the Bus.” Employees from Bossier Schools and United Way volunteers will be outside the entrances at Walmart on Airline Drive from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. encouraging shoppers to pick up school supplies to help fill the void for families unable to afford them. This is a huge help to our students, so they are prepared to start school prepared, and for our teachers, so they do not have to reach into their own pockets. 

HDA Update on 2019 Elections

The following is courtesy of Harris, DeVille and Associates

The election season is upon us here in Louisiana. Qualifying for all statewide and legislative seats begins August 6. After the close of qualifying on August 8, we will obviously have a better idea of the slate of candidates. But until then, this will have to do! There are 23 incumbents seeking reelection to the state Senate and 65 incumbents seeking reelection to the state House of Representatives. If all those are reelected, that’s a 61 percent rate of return. Eighteen House members are running for the Senate, and potentially three Senate members are running for the House. That’s a potential of 15 percent in member crossover. IF all incumbents win and the crossover attempts are successful, that means about 75 percent of existing members remain in the Legislature. Some of the crossover seats pit existing members against each other. Our current lists, which change nearly every day, show 222 candidates for the state House and 81 candidates seeking election to the state Senate.

LEGISLATIVE INCUMBENTS…There are 23 incumbents seeking reelection to the state Senate and 65 incumbents seeking reelection to the state House of Representatives. A cumulative list of those candidates follows and will be more complete after the qualifying period ends on August 8.

Senate Incumbents Seeking Reelection:

  • Bret Allain, R-Franklin (no announced opposition)
  • Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge (no announced opposition)
  • Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans (no announced opposition)
  • Gerald Boudreaux, D-Lafayette (no announced opposition)
  • Troy Carter, D-New Orleans (no announced opposition)
  • Page Cortez, R-Lafayette (no announced opposition)
  • Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro (announced opposition)
  • Ryan Gatti, R-Bossier City (announced opposition)
  • Bob Hensgens, R-Abbeville (no announced opposition)
  • Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell (no announced opposition)
  • Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles (no announced opposition)
  • Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales (no announced opposition)
  • Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria (no announced opposition)
  • John Milkovich, D-Shreveport (announced opposition)
  • Fred Mills, R-Parks (no announced opposition)
  • Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton (no announced opposition)
  • Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City (no announced opposition)
  • Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans (no announced opposition)
  • Edward Price, D-Gonzales (announced opposition)
  • Gary Smith, D-Norco (no announced opposition)
  • Gregory Tarver, D-Shreveport (announced opposition)
  • Rick Ward, R-Port Allen (no announced opposition)
  • Bodi White, R-Baton Rouge (no announced opposition)

House Incumbents Seeking Reelection:

  • Roy Daryl Adams, D-Jackson (announced opposition)
  • Beryl Amedee, R-Houma (no announced opposition)
  • Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville (no announced opposition)
  • Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall (no announced opposition)
  • Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette (announced opposition)
  • Ryan Bourriaque, R-Abbeville (no announced opposition)
  • Ken Brass, D-Vacherie (no announced opposition)
  • Chad Brown, D-Plaquemine (no announced opposition)
  • Barbara Carpenter, D-Baton Rouge (announced opposition)
  • Gary Carter, Jr. – D-New Orleans (no announced opposition)
  • Robby Carter, D-Amite (no announced opposition)
  • Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette (no announced opposition)
  • Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches (no announced opposition)
  • Raymond Crews, R-Bossier City (announced opposition)
  • Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge (no announced opposition)
  • Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice (no announced opposition)
  • Mary Dubuisson, R-Slidell (no announced opposition)
  • Royce Duplessis, D-New Orleans (no announced opposition)
  • Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles (no announced opposition)
  • Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge (announced opposition)
  • Julie Emerson, R-Carencro (announced opposition)
  • Randal Gaines, D-LaPlace (no announced opposition)
  • Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette (no announced opposition)
  • Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport (no announced opposition)
  • Jimmy Harris, D-New Orleans (no announced opposition)
  • Lance Harris, R-Alexandria (announced opposition)
  • Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie (announced opposition)
  • Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs (no announced opposition)
  • Paul Hollis, R-Covington (no announced opposition)
  • Dodie Horton, R-Haughton (no announced opposition)
  • Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge (no announced opposition)
  • Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge (no announced opposition)
  • Ted James, D-Baton Rouge (no announced opposition)
  • Patrick Jefferson, D-Homer (no announced opposition)
  • Sam Jenkins, D-Shreveport (no announced opposition)
  • Mike Johnson, R-Pineville (no announced opposition)
  • Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge (no announced opposition)
  • Jeremy Lacombe, D-New Roads (announced opposition)
  • Ed Larvadain III, D-Alexandria (announced opposition)
  • Chris Leopold, R-Chalmette (no announced opposition)
  • Rodney Lyons, D-Harvey (no announced opposition)
  • Sherman Mack, R-Albany (announced opposition)
  • Tanner Magee, R-Houma (no announced opposition)
  • Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge (no announced opposition)
  •  Joe Marino, I-Gretna (no announced opposition)
  •  Jack McFarland, R-Jonesboro (no announced opposition)
  • Wayne McMahen, R-Minden (no announced opposition)
  • Blake Miguez, R-Erath (no announced opposition)
  • Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas (no announced opposition)
  • Greg Miller, R-Norco (no announced opposition)
  • Pat Moore, D-Monroe (announced opposition)
  • Stuart Moss, R-Lake Charles (announced opposition)
  • Nick Muscarello, R-Hammond (no announced opposition)
  • Vincent Pierre, D-Opelousas (no announced opposition)
  • Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales (no announced opposition)
  • Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport (announced opposition)
  •  Joe Stagni, R-Kenner (no announced opposition)
  •  John Stefanski, R-Crowley (no announced opposition)
  •  Julie Stokes, R-Kenner (announced opposition)
  • Polly Thomas, R-Metairie (no announced opposition)
  • Chris Turner, R-Ruston (no announced opposition)
  • Malinda White, D-Bogalusa (announced opposition)
  • Mark Wright, R-Covington (no announced opposition)
  • Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma (no announced opposition)

Ending a “will he-won’t he” situation, Rep. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro, recently announced he will not be seeking reelection. Also not running for reelection is Rep. Terry Brown, I-Colfax. Additionally, two Senate incumbents and one House incumbent on this list (and possibly more) may decide not to seek reelection. Time will tell.

LEGISLATIVE CROSSOVER…The qualifying period for the 2019 elections ends August 8. Eighteen House members are running for the Senate, and three senators are running for the House. Some of the races pit term-limited House members against each other for Senate seats. A cumulative list of those candidates follows:

House members running for the Senate:

  • SD 3/Morrell: Reps. John Bagneris, D-New Orleans, and Joe Bouie, D-New Orleans
  • SD 8/Alario: Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero (term-limited)
  •  SD 9/Appel: Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie (term-limited)
  • SD 10/Martiny: Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge (term-limited)
  • SD 11/Donahue: Rep. Reid Falconer, R-Mandeville
  • SD 13/Erdey: Rep. Rogers Pope, R-Denham Springs (term-limited)
  • SD 14/Colomb: Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge (term-limited)
  • SD 16/Claitor: Reps. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, and Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge (term-limited)
  • SD 25/Morrish: Reps. Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles, (not term limited) and Johnny Guinn, R-Jennings (term-limited)
  • SD 28/LaFleur: Reps. Bernard LeBas, D-Ville Platte (term limited) and Robert Johnson, D-Marksville (term-limited)
  • SD 30/Smith (John): Rep. James Armes, D-Leesville (term-limited)
  • SD 34/Thompson: Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe
  • SD 35/Fannin (running): Rep. Jay Morris, R-Monroe
  • SD 39/Tarver: Rep. Barbara Norton, R-Shreveport (term-limited)

Senate members running for the House:

  •   HD 83/Billiot: Sen. John Alario, R-Westwego
  •  HD 19/Chaney: Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi
  • HD 21/Anders: Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia

As always, Senate President Alario remains an enigma, and will likely keep us all guessing as to his intentions for candidacy until the end of qualifying. If other incumbents for the Senate decide not to run, that could change the outlook for House members, who may choose to try to cross over.

Tickets for 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Available to General Public

Tickets for the 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl are on sale now to the general public

The 44th-edition of the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl will hit the gridiron on Thursday, December 26 at 3 p.m. CST, and tickets to Shreveport’s annual postseason game are on sale now to the general public.

Ticket prices for the 2019 game are the same as in past years, as the three main tiers are:

  • Endzone Bench: $30
  • Sideline Bench: $45
  • Sideline Chairback: $50

Endzone Bench and Sideline Bench seats are available at WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com/tickets/, while Sideline Chairback seats are available to bowl sponsors and qualifying Independence Bowl Foundation Members. For more information on how become a Foundation member and qualify to purchase Sideline Chairback seats, visit WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com/membership/.

Group tickets will also hit the shelves in the coming days, and groups who purchase 20-or-more Endzone Bench seats will once again receive half-price tickets at the special rate of $15 apiece. The last day to purchase group tickets online will be Friday, December 20.

A bevy of other ticket packages are also available for the 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. The Chairman’s Club is a high-end hospitality option, which is an exclusive South Endzone Tent that includes all-inclusive food and beverage and one VIP parking pass for every four Chairman’s Club tickets purchased. Chairman’s Club tickets are $200 apiece.

Another high-end hospitality experience are the North and South Endzone Tent packages. The packages include:

  • North Endzone Tent: 40 ticket lanyards granting access to the field-level tent area, 40 souvenir game programs, six VIP parking passes and all-inclusive food and beverage options
  • South Endzone Tent: 25 ticket lanyards granting access to the field-level tent area, 25 souvenir game programs, six VIP parking passes and all-inclusive food and beverage options

Space is limited for both the North and South Endzone Tent section, and tents can be booked by contacting Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Director of Marketing and Memberships Logan Lewis at logan@independencebowl.org.

The Family Four-Pack is available online through Monday, December 16 or in-person at the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl office through Friday, December 20. The package includes four tickets at either the sideline bench or endzone level, four shuttle passes, and a $15 Walk-On’s gift certificate to be used at the Shreveport or Bossier City locations. The prices for the Family Four-Pack are:

  • Sideline Bench Seats: $200
  • Endzone Seats: $140

UP NEXT – KICKOFF DINNER

The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Kickoff event returns for the 10th consecutive year, as the Kickoff Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. Continuing the tradition of having some of football’s biggest names speak at the event, former North Webster and LSU star, and fifth-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Devin White, will be the Kickoff Dinner’s featured speaker. The program will feature a Q&A between White and “Voice of the Tigers” Chris Blair. 

Individual tickets for the Kickoff Dinner are $50 apiece, while a table for eight is $400. Sponsorship of the event featuring a VIP Meet & Greet is available. The event will take place in the Captain Shreve Ballroom at the Shreveport Convention Center. Doors open and cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m. The dinner buffets will open at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com or call the bowl office at 318.221.0712 or toll free at 888.414.BOWL.

ABOUT THE WALK-ON’S INDEPENDENCE BOWL:

The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, the 11th-oldest bowl game, will play its 44th-edition on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. CT at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Duke Blue Devils won their first Independence Bowl in 2018, defeating the Temple Owls 56-27. The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl enjoys primary conference agreements with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC), as well as backup agreements with the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and Conference USA (C-USA). The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl and Independence Bowl Foundation are prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. For more information, visit WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com or follow the bowl on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

Bossier Chamber and business community to welcome new Bossier Parish teachers

New Teachers Luncheon helps start the school year

BOSSIER CITY— With more than 22,200 students attending Bossier Schools, the school district is one of the fastest growing districts in Louisiana in enrollment and performance. The Bossier Chamber, with sponsors Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Cyber Innovation Center and state Senator Ryan Gatti, will host a New Teachers Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on July 25, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites.

This luncheon is meant to welcome new teachers to Bossier Parish and show the business community’s support as they enter the Bossier Schools system for the first time in 2019.

“Showing our new teachers the Bossier community is behind them is more important than ever,” Bossier Parish Public Relations Director, Sonja Bailes said. “Fewer people are going into education, yet a high caliber teacher is shown to be the most important determinant in a student’s academic outcome.”

In addition to the luncheon, teachers will receive start-up materials and prizes from sponsors called New Teacher Supporters. Businesses can pay $175 to sponsor a new teacher to attend the luncheon. They also can offer promotional products and door prizes that can be useful for the teachers.

“By being a supporter, you are not only investing in a new teacher’s success, but our children’s futures as well,”  Bailes said. 

The Bossier Chamber recognizes the relationship between local businesses and the school system and values education as an important part of the quality of life we offer in northwest Louisiana.

The Glen partners with YMCA of Northwest Louisiana to support Parkinson’s wellness program

The Glen’s Board of Directors awarded $2,000 through its President’s Award to the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana on June 14. The funds will go toward training instructors for a program called Rock Steady Boxing, which helps older people with Parkinson’s disease improve motor movement, balance and core strength.

“The Glen has always placed an emphasis on wellness, and in partnering with the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana, this only solidifies our commitment to exploring all areas of the six dimensions of wellness,” President and CEO Debra Williams said. “Our goal with the President’s Award is to partner and invest in our local community and support older people in our external population. The YMCA’s mission is parallel to ours and fosters an exceptional opportunity for older people in Shreveport-Bossier City.”

Exercises used in Rock Steady are largely based on boxing drills, which condition for optimal agility, speed, hand-eye coordination and overall strength. The funds will be used to support the certification and training costs for instructors to offer classes at the YMCA on Knight Street beginning this summer.

“It’s so important that nonprofits support other nonprofits,” said Gary Lash, CEO of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana. “By working together, we are able to successfully fulfill the needs of our community and support our collective missions. The [funds] from The Glen will help us do that by empowering seniors in Shreveport-Bossier to fight back against Parkinson’s, no matter their race, religion or socioeconomic background.”

The President’s Award is a scholarship set up by The Glen’s Board of Directors. Each year, the board awards funds based on the needs in the Shreveport-Bossier City community supporting services or programs that benefit seniors.

Past recipients include the Caddo Council on Aging, Hope Connections, Providence House, Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, Holy Angels Residential Facility, Community Renewal International, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana and the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy.

Barbara Williams, President and CEO of The Glen, awards $2,000 through its President’s Award to Gary Lash, the CEO of YMCA of Northwest Louisiana, on June 14.

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!

Bossier Chamber urges Bossier Parish School Board to withdraw May 4 propositions

Business Community seeks collaboration to restructure tax referendum

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has recommended that the Bossier Parish School Board pull the Tax Referendums on the ballot for May 4, 2019.

Because this tax is retroactive to 2019 and would impact business and economic growth, the Board echoes the sentiments of the poll conducted of the Bossier Chamber membership that this referendum is too much of a tax burden at one time.*

Other factors include:
• Governor John Bel Edwards has proposed a statewide teacher pay raise in 2019.
• According to the Bossier Parish Tax Assessor’s office, 2020 is a reassessment year for property in Bossier Parish.
The Bossier Chamber Board seeks a solution that does not destroy the budgets of the small businesses that make this economy run, gives teachers incentives to build a great school district and gives the administration the tools it needs to recruit.

We cannot let a solvable issue divide a Bossier community that has historically been so unified.

*These two propositions are property tax millages for residents and businesses. For the business community, property tax millages mean a tax on buildings, land, inventory, machines, fixtures, furniture, equipment, etc.