Red River United Teachers Union President Jackie Lansdale talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the proposed Bossier Parish property tax increase and the plan to use the funds for a teachers pay boost.

A few details from bossiernow.com:

"On May 4, Bossier Parish voters will consider a ballot proposal for a property tax increase of 22.94 mills for the purpose of funding Bossier Parish School pay raises. The pay hikes would total $3,000 a year for support personnel and $7,200 annually for professional personnel. An additional 3.22 mills would fund technology infrastructure enhancements.

Red River United, the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, has been visiting Bossier Schools to make their case for the property tax proposal."

Lansdale tells KEEL listeners that, in her mind, the tax increase is one that parish residents can afford. More from bossiernow.com:

"While it’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t agree with giving teachers in Bossier Schools a raise in pay, what kind of impact would this millage increase have on your annual property tax bill?

A business with a property value of $100,000 would pay $393.30 in additional tax annually. A company with $500,000 in property value would see a $1966.50 tax increase."