Tax increase may not be needed for public safety raises

A tax increase may not be necessary to pay for Terrebonne Parish public safety worker raises.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1LINaNd) the parish council voted Tuesday to request that parish Chief Financial Officer Jamie Elfert look into rededicating more money from parish video poker and occupational tax revenues, which are already part of the public safety budget, to cover the cost of raises for Houma fire and police departments.

A subcommittee as well as representatives from the parish administration and Houma police and fire, decided a property tax increase for public safety workers may not be necessary.

In a council committee meeting in April, public safety employee representatives requested an increase of 10 mills for higher pay.

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