Shawnee County rejects tax payment settlement offer from Heartland Park owner
Shawnee County has rejected a deal to reduce taxes owed by Heartland Park. Shawnee County Counselor James Crowl shared a letter with 13 NEWS rejecting an offer from owner Chris Payne to pay up if the county reduces the owed amount to $877,822. Payne says the property has been appraised inaccurately, leading to the $2,622,996 dated back to 2017 being higher than he truly owes.
Stuart Bishop wants the Legislature to scrutinize tax breaks
Three weeks ago, lawmaker after lawmaker pitched the state House Ways and Means Committee on tax break after tax break. For parents who adopt. For start-up investors. To promote research and development. For restaurants that recycle oyster shells to rebuild coastal reefs. And dozens of others. After hearing from his colleagues for three hours, Rep. Stuart Bishop, the committee chairman, summed up the day's activities. “We heard just shy of $1 billion in tax credits,” Bishop, R-Lafayette, told everyone. “I do want you to let that sink in. Every one of those tax credits is good in their own right. But it's $1 billion over the next five years to the state of Louisiana.”