While appearing on a local radio talk show this past week, Lee Posey, Mayor of the City of Natchitoches, discussed the City’s plan to put a new tax initiative on the ballot this Spring. The proposed ad valorem tax, if passed, will fund a new recreational complex that will be built on property owned – and made available for use – by Northwestern State University. According to Mayor Posey, the complex will offer playing fields for sporting events as well as walking trails. The Mayor anticipates that the complex will draw numerous tournaments to the area.
Mayor Posey, it is time to prioritize our issues in the City and Parish of Natchitoches. The most important tax to be renewed this Spring is the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Sales Tax – this is a MUST!
The second priority would be for the voters to support and approve a transportation fund tax dedicated to the proper maintenance and repair of all the roads – both City and Parish.
Finally, the proposed recreation complex is a worthy endeavor and funding for it should be sought in Baton Rouge before we ask the voters to place it on a higher priority than our law enforcement and streets & roads!
According to the City of Natchitoches website, the City will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 25th at 5:30 p.m. to consider adopting a resolution that would put the ad valorem tax on the ballot. The public is encouraged to attend to voice their opinion. The meeting will be held at the Arts Center located at 716 Second St. in Natchitoches.