East Carroll parish illegally was denied $6.2M in tax revenue. Our local officials have the authority to recoup the funds.
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(You can download a pdf version of the petition for printing here.)
- In 2012 an international corporation built a $59M PLANT in E Carroll Parish called “Myriant.” From 2012 to 2015, Myriant FAILED TO REPORT its $59M in property to the parish assessor.
- Myriant had not received an exemption; it simply DID NOT REPORT ITS PROPERTY.
- In Dec 2015, Myriant asked the State Board of Commerce & Industry to EXEMPT IT FROM PROPERTY TAX RETROACTIVELY BACK TO 2012 — prohibited under the Board’s rules. The Board DISREGARDED ITS RULES & STATE LAW to approve Myriant’s exemptions back to 2012.
- A few months later, MYRIANT SHUT DOWN AND LAID OFF ITS WORKFORCE. After Myriant shut down, the State Board voted to allow Myriant to continue its exemptions for a 1-year only. But it made the extension CONDITIONAL UPON MYRIANT RECEIVING RESOLUTIONS OF SUPPORT FROM LOCAL TAXING BODIES. Myriant did not receive them.
- MYRIANT’S EXEMPTIONS SHOULD HAVE EXPIRED IN 2016. However in 2019, MOST OF MYRIANT’S PROPERTY STILL HAS NOT BEEN RETURNED TO THE TAX ROLLS.
- These illegal actions have cost E. Carroll Parish $6.2M IN REVENUE, which would have gone to our PUBLIC SCHOOLS ($850K), HOSPITAL ($780K), DRAINAGE & LEVEES ($620K), LIBRARY ($420K), GARBAGE ($600K), SHERIFF ($657K), ROADS: ($422K) & other ($1.9M).
- Once confirmed that Myriant’s exemptions are invalid, the parish assessor has the authority to RESTORE THE PROPERTY TO THE ROLLS & RECOVER 3 YEARS OF BACK TAXES (RS 47:1959).
- East Carroll Parish ranks LAST IN LOUISIANA for AVG INCOME, UNEMPLOYMENT & CHILD POVERTY. We cannot afford to lose $6.2 million in tax revenue.
- On THURS, May 30, East Carrol residents will take a BUS TRIP to Baton Rouge to hold a press conference at the Capitol to seek action on this issue. Depart at 7am. Return by 8pm.