Westwego May Seek Tax Increases

WESTWEGO, LA (AP) — If Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger has his way, voters will be asked to approve 10 mills in new property taxes next spring. Shaddinger tells The New Orleans Advocate’s Chad Calder 2 mills each would be used to upgrade the city's aging water and sewage treatment plants and 6 mills for new Fire Department trucks and equipment.

         The City Council hasn't voted to put the new taxes on the ballot, but Shaddinger mentioned the plan at this week's council meeting and no council members expressed any opposition.

         The city now collects 23.93 mills in property taxes, 4.28 mills of which go toward operation of the Fire Department.

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