2018 Parks Millage Renewal
On November 6, Caddo Parish voters will be asked to decide whether to renew an existing .83 Public Facilities and Recreation millage that supports the parish’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Parish of Caddo relies on this funding for operations of 14 park sites, educational programming and support of over 150 community and organizational events held at Parish parks year round. The millage provides 98 percent of the Department’s operational funding.
The Public Facilities and Recreation millage is designed to renew every ten years, has been in place for over thirty years and expires on December 31, 2018. Renewing the existing millage would allow funding for the Parish’s parks operations to continue for an additional ten years. The average homeowner in Caddo Parish pays ten dollars a year in property taxes for the millage.
“It is important to note that this is not a new tax or increase,” said Caddo Parish Administrator Woodrow Wilson, Jr. “It is a continuation of what it is already in place. This millage allows the Parish to provide a level of service and improvements that enhance the quality of life for our citizens,” said Wilson.
In addition to Parish sponsored events such as Owl Night, Hooked on Fishing, and Bugs, Bats and Bones, Parks and Recreation partners with numerous groups to provide space and support for events such as Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Celebration, Gusher Days, summer camps, 5k races and trail runs.
The renewal has been endorsed by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, the Committee of 100, the Shreveport Bossier African-American Chamber of Commerce, North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) and the Central Trades and Labor Council.