Jimmy Pohlmann says tax hike funds will be used to put more cops on the street
St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann is thanking the voters who voted for the property tax increase he sought.
The 15-mill, 10-year tax hike was approved by 61% of those who cast votes Saturday.
"I think it was just them saying, 'Here sheriff, this is the money that you need to continue the operations under a depressed economy, and they overwhelmingly supported it," Pohlmann said Tuesday in an interview with 99.5FM.
The tax hike is expected to generate about $4.5 million annually. Pohlmann says he wants to use that money to hire more deputies.
"I want to put more cops on the street. I want to focus on about a dozen enforcement personnel that work in both patrol and narcotics divisions and continue to keep our streets safe," Pohlmann said.
The funds generated by the tax hike won't be available until early next year.