Patterson property taxes unchanged

PATTERSON, La. — The City Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday night that will keep the city’s property tax rates unchanged.

The general alimony tax of 8.2 mills and 12.41 mills to pay for the public improvement bond issues will be considered for a vote at the council’s June 4 meeting after a public hearing.

The 12.41 mills for public improvements were not collected in 2011 because the city had paid off its debt. In order to finance the new water plant, collection of those taxes began again in 2012.

According to the St. Mary Parish Tax Assessor’s office, homestead exemptions are not deducted for city taxes. The combined millage rates would mean a $309.15 payment on a home with a $150,000 appraised value.

Clay Breaud of Providence-Gulf South Engineering said the process for construction of the new water treatment facility is moving forward, but the city is waiting on the U.S. Department of Agriculture for loan approval that he expects would be given around the end of the year.

Breaud said an issue has developed with sewer lines on Martin Luther King Drive.

Mayor Rodney Grogan said fixing those sewer lines are a top priority. The section that needs to be repaired is between Plum and Hickory streets, he said.

After the meeting Breaud said the sewer lines needing repair are buried under the highway. Accessing those lines will require tearing up part of the road. It is not clear at this point how much road will be affected or what this will mean to traffic flow. He said that the work is likely months away.

City attorney Russel Cremaldi said the city is moving ahead with plans to demolish a house at 518 Leo Drive if the owners do not do so by May 15. City manager Dave Lowery said he has had multiple inquiries about the demolition project and recommended that the city draw up specific language on what the project will involve, especially regarding whether or not the concrete foundation slab must be demolished and removed as well.

Cremaldi said that if the city has the house demolished and property cleaned up, they would put a lien on the property. The city could seize the property and sell it in an attempt to recover the cost, he said.

In other business:

—With the approval of Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle, the council voted to permit a can shake to fund a trip for the girls’ AAU Basketball team. The can shake was approved to be held on the corner of Catherine and Main streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18.

—Announced that garden clubs from outside the city would judge five sections of the city for Patterson’s own intra-city clean city contest.

—The council approved adding four vehicles to the city’s list of surplus equipment in addition to a pumper truck already on the list. The vehicles are not in running condition, with parts missing and are not in service, according to Cremaldi.

—Proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in recognition of the “more than 6,000 citizens 60 years of age (and) older.”

—Grogan recognized Patterson teachers as part of National Teachers Appreciation week.

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