WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, CALL UPON THE BATON ROUGE SCHOOL BOARD, SHERIFF & METRO COUNCIL TO DENY EXXONMOBIL'S REQUEST FOR ANOTHER $7M IN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
6 reasons officials should reject the exemptions:
#1) The exemption requests are for projects already completed in 2017. A project that already is complete does not need an "incentive."
#2) The projects seeking exemptions did not create jobs -- they were machinery investments that led to 19 FEWER jobs
#3) Since 2000, ExxonMobil has received 188 separate property tax exemptions in EBR Parish costing $600M in lost revenue. Over that period ExxonMobil CUT 1,855 jobs in EBR Parish.
#4) ExxonMobil currently has more than 2/3rds of its property in East Baton Rouge Parish OFF THE TAX ROLLS due to previous ITEP exemptions
#5) The average EBR Parish homeowner pays 1.7 TIMES as much in property taxes on the dollar as ExxonMobil due to the impact of ITEP exemptions
#6) The average business in EBR Parish pays 3.3 TIMES as much in property taxes on the dollar as ExxonMobil due to the impact of ITEP exemptions