Millage, new store talk: Berwick
By JAMES A. ROBICHAUX
The Berwick Town Council voted unanimously to roll forward established millage rates and also discussed the Dollar General store to be built in Berwick when they met Tuesday.
The current total millage rate is 18.2 mills, but, according to Chief Administrative Officer Newell Slaughter, the city is projected to bring in an additional $10,280 in revenues due to increases in property values.
He said that the town currently collects two millages totaling 18.2 mills worth $534,699 in revenues.
The revenue increase would raise the total to $544,979.
The first is a 12.12 mill assessment for the general fund. The second is a 6 mill assessment for recreation and other purposes.
“We are intending to keep them the same as last year,” Slaughter said in June, “but to (maintain the millage) at the maximum, the state requires us to say we are rolling forward the millages. That is where the $10,280 increase comes in (due to increased property values). For us to remain revenue neutral, the millage would have to go down.”
Without any debate or objection, the council voted unanimously to maintain and roll forward all millages.
In other business, the town formally released land along the La. 182 right-of-way for the construction of a new Dollar General store.
Mayor Louis Ratcliff expressed his enthusiasm for the new store.
“As I’m sure some of y’all have seen, clearing the land has started,” he said.
“We will join the rest of the parish communities in having a Dollar General. We’re the only one that doesn’t have one. So, I feel very fortunate that we’ll have a Dollar General here in Berwick,” Ratcliff said.
EDITOR’S NOTE — Review Reporter Robert Jones III contributed to this story.