What Is a Crime Prevention & Improvement District?
The Tara Crime Prevention & Improvement District (the "District") was created in 2014 through Legislative Act No. 408 and is a public body which was approved by the voters of the District. The District is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana as defined in the Constitution of Louisiana and it must abide by all the laws that govern a political subdivision. All voters who own or reside in the District were eligible to vote on December 6, 2014 to create this District. The District Bill passed by a margin of 78% FOR/22% AGAINST.
The boundaries of our District are the boundaries of Tara Subdivision which is shown on the plat plan listed with the City/Parish. This does not include any businesses that surround Tara Subdivision. It includes all of the homes in Tara Subdivision.
The District is supported by all property (parcel) owners in Tara Subdivision. A parcel fee in the amount of $100 per year is placed on each parcel of property. The parcel fee will expire ten years from its initial levy as provided for on the ballot of December 6, 2014. It will be collected at the same time and in the same manner as ad valorem taxes are collected in the Parish. The parcel fee is allowed to increase by 10% each year, if needed, not to exceed $200 in the course of the ten-year period.
Responsibility of the Commission Board
The board will meet quarterly and is governed by Open Meeting Laws, Public Records Law, and the Code of Governmental Ethics. The board will adopt an annual budget in accordance with the Louisiana Local Government Budget Act and shall be subject to audit by the legislative auditor.
The District was created specifically to provide an increase in the presence of law enforcement personnel in the District, to provide security measures deemed necessary for added protection to the District, as well as to provide opportunities for the upkeep of the District.
All business which the Commission Board conducts will be reported here on this Crime Prevention District Page.