Fire Protection Tax on Nov. 4 Ballot

HOUMA, LA (AP) — Residents in Terrebonne Parish's Coteau Fire Protection District will vote Nov. 4 on whether to renew of a property tax that pays for their fire protection.

         Fire Chief Russell DiSalvo tells The Courier’s Aaren Gordon that revenue from renewal of the 18-mill tax would cover costs of operating fire trucks and equipment, training and employee pay. The department has two full-time employees and four-part-time employees.

         A mill is $1 in tax levied on every $1,000 of taxable property.

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         DiSalvo says the tax would raise about $650,000.

         The current tax expires in 2016 and the renewed tax would expire in 2025.

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