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Jul 19, 2008

Source: Times-Picayune

Filed under: On the Ballot, Orleans Parish, Schools

Voters face four millage renewals

They provide schools $32 million a year

Saturday, July 19, 2008
From staff reports

New Orleans voters go to the polls today to decide whether to renew four property tax millages that bring in about $32 million annually for the city’s public schools, including charter schools.

The four millages on the ballot provide about $18 million a year for teacher salaries and benefits, $4 million for early childhood and dropout-prevention programs, $4 million for textbooks and instructional supplies, and $6 million for building maintenance and repairs.

Voting for the renewals would not result in a tax increase. According to a report from the independent Bureau of Governmental Research, the annual cost of the renewed taxes to the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would be $158.54. For the owner of a commercial property with the same value, the annual cost would be $380.70.

Rejection of the tax renewals would translate into an average annual loss in revenue of $1,000 for each student.

The tax renewals have been endorsed by a coalition that includes the New Orleans City Council, local university presidents, the United Teachers of New Orleans and the New Orleans Business Council. The four tax millages were first approved in 1988. Three were renewed in 1998, and a fourth millage is up for renewal for the first time.

The renewal vote is the first since the governance structure of New Orleans public schools changed dramatically in 2005 after a state takeover of low-performing schools after Hurricane Katrina.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jul 19, 2008

Source: Times-Picayune

Filed under: On the Ballot, Orleans Parish, Schools

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