It’s time for Natchitoches parish residents to take action. Councilman Doug de Graffenried spoke to the Walter P Ledet Coffee Club June 28. An ordinance was introduced at the Parish Council meeting June 20 that would create four new road districts.
The Parish isn’t hiding or misspending road revenue; it’s just not there. So it’s become a matter for the voters to take action or, or stop condemning the Parish government and its highway department for things that are beyond their command. The Parish is facing a $132 million problem to fix all the roads in its system.
If residents approve the creation of these new road districts, they will be assessed a 15 mill property tax. Over 10 years this tax would generate $34 million parish-wide. The money generated by this tax would only be spent in the area it was generated in. So any districts that don’t get approved would only have the money from the general highway fund and the road district 40 fund.
The districts that are approved will have over 80 percent of potential tax revenue in each road district, which would be available in 2018 (that’s $26 million to use on the roads).
The road districts would include the following wards:
1 – ward 1 (excluding incorporated City limits)
2 – wards 2,3 and 4
3 – wards 5,6,7 and 8
4 – wards 9 and 10
“This is just one of those responsibilities of owning property,” said Doug. “It’s an expensive proposition to fix the roads right.”
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NOTE: The new tax districts follow the lines of WARDS 1 through 10. That is the way the parish tax records are kept.