Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Businesses protest tax roll

Two protests were made at Tuesday's Webster Parish Police Jury meeting in response to the 2012 assessment of real and personal property.

"There are two protests against the tax roll this year," Webster Parish Assessor (WPA) Chief Deputy Denise Edwards said. "Springhill Senior Housing ... and also Smith Operating."

According to Edwards, the assessed value of Springhill Senior Housing (SSH) has remained unchanged since Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC) set it in response to their protest in 2010.

Larry Hoss of SSH said he wants a different standard used for the 2012 assessment – an income based assessment.

"On the tax credit we do it just like we did two years ago, on the income basis," he said. "This project has lost money since it started. If you look at the audit, it speaks for itself.

"Every number that we deducted comes straight off of the audit," Hoss continued. "We keep getting taxed at the maximum of the income – they're disallowing some of the stuff that is allowed on the state guidelines – and that's what I'm appealing."

Smith Operating, Co made the other protest.

"They have a gas well that last year was a stripper well so it received economic obsolescence," Edwards said. "This year it's producing at full rate so it didn't get that this year. So they are protesting because of the increase in value."

Smith had no representative present to speak at the meeting.

WPPJ ultimately upheld the WPA 2012 assessments.

An appeal to the LTC is the next step for the protesters, according to Edwards.

Total assessed value in Webster Parish for 2012 was $289,388,670. After subtracting $52,771,009 in homestead exemptions $123,384,340 of personal property, $41,029,690 of public service property and $72,203,631 of real estate was taxable.

Out of that, WPPJ is projected to receive $2,233,500 and Webster Parish Library is projected to receive $3,076,000.

In other business:

n The second Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parish fairgrounds.

n Installation of drainage culverts, removal of rock in the ditch and leveling of the area on Hallmark Street in Dixie Inn was approved.

n Fire Protection District 7 on U.S. Hwy. 80 will receive gravel grading, using existing gravel, for better parking because the building will now also be used as a voting location. A new ditch will be dug and some dead vegetation will be cleared as well.

n Dubberly city limits signs will be installed on Nursery Road and Middle Road. Also, potholes on Brushwood Drive will be repaired.

n Permission to go onto private land to cut dead trees on Germantown Road and Wake Robin Road was granted because of an eminent danger to public safety.

n Beer permits were approved for the new owners of Shongaloo Crossroads Deli and Shongaloo Lounge.

n A cooperative endeavor with Shongaloo to enact parish enforcement and permits for regulation of logging under WPPJ ordinance 994 was approved.

n A millage election for Springhill Fire Protection District 11 was approved.

n Properties within Cullen town limits adjudicated into parish possession due to delinquent taxes were donated to the Town of Cullen.

n Randy Crittenden was reappointed to a two-year term as chairman and Larry Blalock was reappointed to a two-year term as a member of Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department 1.

n F.E. Robinson and Charles Mims were appointed to two year terms on the Dubberly FPD 4 board.






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