Livingston school tax rates decrease except in Walker

Property owners in the Denham Springs, Live Oak, French Settlement, Maurepas and Frost school districts will see a decrease in their property tax rates for 2014, while Walker’s rates rise to pay for school expansions and technology improvements voters approved in May.

The Livingston Parish School Board adopted the districts’ annual millage rates Thursday night, as well as property tax rates for the School Board’s four parishwide millages.

The board’s parishwide constitutional tax and additional support tax, both of which flow to the general fund for operating expenses, will remain the same as in 2013 at 3.29 and 7.18 mills, respectively, Business Manager Terry Hughes said.

The two taxes generate a total of about $4.7 million annually, Hughes said.

The parishwide construction and maintenance millages also will remain at their voter-approved levels at 5 and 7 mills, respectively.

Millages used to pay down bonded debt for prior construction and improvement projects will drop in five school districts across the parish: Denham Springs property owners will pay 11.22 mills; Live Oak, 20 mills; French Settlement, 15.42 mills; Maurepas, 14.9 mills; and Frost, 0 mills, Hughes said.

Walker’s millage rate will rise from 9.77 to 26.6 mills as a result of voters’ approval May 3 of $25 million in bonds to make improvements in the district’s nine schools.

The Albany, Holden, Doyle and Springfield school districts have no outstanding debt and, therefore, no debt-service millages.

In other business, the School Board approved Superintendent John Watson’s recommendations for two principal appointments.

Shanna Steed will serve as principal of Juban Parc Elementary School under a two-year contract starting July 1. She has 17 years’ experience as a teacher, instructional coach and principal designee and was one of four applicants for the position.

Amy Carter will serve as substitute assistant principal at Albany High School for the six-month period beginning July 1. She has 25 years’ experience as a teacher, instructional coach and substitute assistant principal and was one of two applicants for the position.

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