DENHAM SPRINGS — The City Council voted to roll forward its property tax rate for 2014 to its voter-approved maximum.
The increased tax rate of 3.725 mills will add about $10,000 per year to the city’s coffers while costing the owner of a $150,000 home less than $3 more per year, Mayor Jimmy Durbin said.
Councilman John Wascom, the lone vote against the increase, said he thought the city should look for ways to save money rather than raising taxes on its residents and businesses.
Resident Billy Haynes urged the council to keep the tax rate at 3.604 mills in light of recent increases in city utility rates.
Durbin said voters years ago approved a much higher millage than the adjusted rate of 3.604 mills, but the council repeatedly rolled back the city’s property taxes except in lean recession years.