Last week, Governor John Bel Edwards signed nearly four dozen bills into law which included House Bill 966, sponsored by Rep. R. Dewith Carrier, R-Oakdale. HB 966 expands the number of specific coroner’s offices authorized to seek taxes to fund operations. HB 966, now Act 403, authorizes specific parishes to allow and assist the coroner to place on the ballot a 10-year renewable ad valorem tax of three mills. According to Act 403, “passage of such ad valorem tax shall relieve the parish from any further funding obligation.”
If approved by a majority of electors, the revenue would be paid for the sole operation of the coroner’s office. Parishes listed in the bill include Allen, Bienville, Bossier, Cameron, Caldwell, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Winn.
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