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|Public hearing slated on taxes|
A series of public meetings could shed light on potential property tax rate adjustments coming to Franklin Parish residents in 2009.
Parish Assessor J. W. Dean said taxing bodies such as the school board and sheriff's office periodically must look at changes in property values and make the appropriate adjustments to avoid unintended windfall years or losses of revenue.
"In reassessment years, based on what the property values do up or down, the taxing bodies have the authority to adjust millages accordingly," Dean said. "So there is no windfall gain for a taxing district nor is there a loss of revenue for a taxing district."
Dean pointed out the taxing authorities cannot exceed the millage rate approved by voters.
Franklin Parish Chief Deputy Kevin Cobb said he could not estimate next year's millage rates yet, but noted Franklin Parish Sheriff Steve Pylant's administration has a good record on taxes.
"We've not rolled them up in the past during Sheriff Pylant's term," Cobb said. "These meetings are just a formality that, when the time comes, we have the option to do that."
Among the groups holding public meetings to discuss millage rate adjustments are:
• Franklin Parish law enforcement district:
Sept. 2, 10 a.m., Franklin Parish courthouse
• Franklin Parish assessment district:
Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m. Franklin Parish courthouse
• Franklin Parish Police Jury:
Sept. 11, 6 p.m. Franklin Parish courthouse
• Village of Gilbert:
Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., Gilbert Town Hall
• Town of Wisner:
Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., Wisner Town Hall
• Franklin Parish School Board:
Sept. 2, 5:30 a.m., at the school board office
• City of Winnsboro:
Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., Winnsboro City Hall.