Millage is the percentage of value that is used in calculating taxes. A mill is defined as 1/10 of 1 percent and is multiplied by the assessed value after any exemptions have been subtracted to calculate the taxes. (FOR EXAMPLE: If the tax rate is 100 mills and the total assessed value is $10,000 with no exemptions, the taxes would be calculated as $10,000 x .100 = $1,000.00.)
What determines the millage rate applied to your property?
The millage rate in St. Martin Parish varies from area to area, depending on the location (ward) of the property (see millage rates on the left).
If you would be calculating taxes on the same property and include a homestead exemption, the taxes would be ($10,000 - $7,500) x .100 = $250.00. This is extremely beneficial to the residents of the parish to be allowed to take advantage of this exemption. However, it is important to remember that the homestead exemption does not apply to municipal taxes.
Many times voters are asked to decide on millages for different government agencies or municipalities in your area. Each time a millage is passed, it ensures that the government agency will either increase revenue or if it is a renewal, it will ensure that that agency keeps receiving revenue for the number of years stated in the proposition. It is important to remember that each time a new millage is passed, your property taxes will increase.