Efforts to oversee tax exemptions on manufacturers

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A local organization makes efforts to add oversight on companies taking advantage of tax exemptions.

The Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith wants to make the process more transparent for how local manufacturers receive tax exemptions.

Monday afternoon they presented a resolution to members of Economic Development Board a part of the Caddo Parish Commission.

It asks for public input when granting tax exemptions to manufacturers. Current exemptions wave property taxes for five to ten years. They said the burden and tax gap is then pushed on to tax payers as millages and sales taxes. 

“We’re here to say we really want to commission to stick by what the law says that it should create new permanent jobs and not minimum wage jobs but good jobs,” said Lady Carlson, Interfaith organizer.

Carlson said they’re not opposed to the Industrial Tax Exemptions, but that money could be used for schools instead.

Their next step will be to testify before the Industry and Commerce Board in August.

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