By Ida B. Torn
It’s Labor Day weekend and I’m heading off to the beach for some rest and relaxation. I wanted to pen a quick note to everyone before I hit the road.
I’m sometimes dumbfounded by the things I hear on the street or see on the Internet. I heard this week that some folks who don’t support the sales tax think we should force other Parish entities to fork over a portion of or all of their reserves. I’d like for those good folks to know that it simply won’t work and there’s a very simple explanation why. Parish Government, by law, is required to support most of the other governmental entities associated with the Parish. If you look at a copy of the Parish budget, you will find that the Parish provides funding and/or support to the Registrar, the Coroner, the State Health Department, the Clerk of Court, the Tax Assessor, the 10th Judicial District Court, the District Attorney’s Office, the Veteran’s Affairs Office and the LSU AgCenter, just to name a few.
If the Parish tries to reach over and take from any one of these entities those same entities can force the Parish to give it all back and then some. Therefore, for this reason, the Parish should not and cannot take these agencies’ money to fund parish roads.
If you ever have a day with lots of time on your hands or you have a night where you need help getting to sleep, check out the Louisiana State Legislator’s website and read the Revised Statutes section. It’s a great source of information for understanding the governmental agencies that serve you and how they work together.
I value that people are having conversations on how to get funding for the Parish road system. I only ask that they look at solutions that will actually have positive results for the Parish and not create more battles for the Parish to fight.
Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day!