- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish Council has rejected a millage increase for the public library system.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1r072Fa ) the parish council voted Thursday night to maintain current taxing levels for libraries and 12 other property taxes under its jurisdiction.

The library board — the only agency to seek an increase — had asked the council to hike its rate from 5.35 mills to the voter-approved maximum of 6.29 mills.

The .94 mill increase would have provided an additional $1.5 million a year for libraries. It would have cost the owner of a $200,000 house an additional $12 per year.

Library officials have said they sought the increase to provide much needed revenue to make improvements to aging buildings, many of which are 20- to 40-years-old.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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