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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

IS CADDO PARISH SCHOOL BOARD SHOOTING STRAIGHT ON MAY 4 MILLAGE RENEWAL?

It’s hard to tell.

Seriously.

The school board website “2019 Millage Information” appears to differ from the actual ballot proposal.

Maybe it’s the new math.

The website touts the vote “to decide whether to use an existing millage to support critical needs vital to the operation of Caddo Parish schools.”

As is the usual marketing ploy for millage renewal, the pitch is no increase in taxes. That is only true if the assessed property values remain the same as 2004—for the next 20 years! Such a supposition must be the new math.

The webpage indicates the proposal would allow Caddo to provide:

* Updated heating and air conditioning

* Upgraded and assessible air-conditioned bus fleet

* Increased safety and security measures in all schools

Hmmmm.

No mention of the excessive number of school buildings that the board keeps open.

No mention of the continuing decline in number of students.

No mention of building new schools.

But, guess what? The actual proposition does not talk about HVAC systems, buses or salary increases,

It spells out incurring debt and issuing bonds up to $88.3 million for 20 years.

The stated purpose is to buy land for building sites and playgrounds, purchasing or erecting school buildings, etc.

Hmmmm.

So how will the money be spent for if the ballot proposition is passed?

CUTTING THE “FAT’ IN THE SHREVEPORT CITY BUDGET