CENTRAL, La. (AP) — Central residents will pay lower property taxes this year thanks to the school board's decision to forego about $350,000 more it stood to reap through reassessment of residential property.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/SRCot0 ) the school board vote 6-0 Monday to freeze property tax revenue at its current level of about $4.2 million.

Unlike most school districts in Louisiana, which have suffered budget cuts in recent years, Central schools have managed to avoid cuts and have maintained a healthy surplus.

Superintendent Michael Faulk said growth in student enrollment has allowed Central to avoid the need to roll forward the millage.