Parish Budget Adjustments Forecast Shortfalls in Future Years – meeting tonight!

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The Parish Government will hold its regular monthly meeting this evening at 5:30 p.m.

There are two important Agenda items that residents need to be keenly aware of. The first item is the budget adjustments being introduced. The adjustments, however, are not what the residents should be focused on but, rather, the year-end projections for the General, Highway and Solid Waste Funds. The proposed adjustments for both the General and Solid Waste Funds reflect decreases in their anticipated ash balances at the end of the year. The projection for the Solid Waste Fund is drastic and will have a severe impact on both the Solid Waste Department as well as the Highway Department in 2019 and subsequent years.

For several years now, the Highway Department has had a transfer of $500,000 from the sales tax revenues that primarily fund the Solid Waste Department. Unless the Parish sees a substantial increase in sales tax revenues, the Highway Department will not be able to benefit from these funds in future years.

Another source of revenue that the Highway Fund could possibly benefit from is the severance taxes that support the General Fund. If these revenues were moved out of the General Fund, however, the Fund would end the year with less than $250,000. This would severely cripple the Parish’s ability to operate in the first quarter of the following year.

This brings us to the other important item of the Agenda. The Council has introduced an Ordinance that would create five separate taxing districts for road improvements. In a recent interview, Parish President Rick Nowlin indicated that, should the proposed taxes pass, the Parish could see an increase of $2 million per year dedicated to road improvements with the revenues of each district staying in the district they were generated in.

If the Parish Council does not authorize the creation of the Districts and the residents do not vote for the taxes, the Parish will be in for a very bumpy ride in the coming years.

  • Many revision to the Agenda and Attachments were received.. these may not be the most current.

Parish Proposed Budget Revisions 07-20-18

Parish Meeting Notice of Agenda

Parish Meeting 07-23-18 Exhibits

3 thoughts on “Parish Budget Adjustments Forecast Shortfalls in Future Years – meeting tonight!

  1. I’m not going to turn this into any kind of back and forth banter. I am simply saying that increasing taxes is not always the answer. We already have extremely high taxes, which is why there is so much resistance against the road tax. Everybody wants nice roads, they are just tired of another tax and not confident that it will actually go to the roads.

  2. Does anyone else feel like this is extortion? What about the money that the Parish already collects for roads?Isn’t there some legal obligation to put that money into roads? Where is all that money going? Spending it poorly? Using it for other expenses? Saying that they are not going to fix the roads if they don’t get their tax passed is wrong!

    • For years the Road Tax has been dedicated, spent and utilized on Parish roads, despite the fact that a lot of users wonder why “their road” doesn’t appear to satisfy their standards. The simple answer is that the Road Tax doesn’t bring in sufficient funds.

      NOW THE TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUTUP. VOTE IN FAVOR OF YOUR ROAD DISTRICT TAX TO FIX THE ROADS.

      OR QUIT WHINING!!!!

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