Parish Council Special Called Meeting: July 30

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The Parish Council held a special called meeting July 30 to approve a few agenda items that required haste.

Introduce ordinance to amend 2018 proposed budget revision submitted on July 23, requesting a transfer not to exceed $30,000 from the special projects line item in the Highway Fund 101 to a new fund for the Odra Levee Project. The FWS is covering the entirety of the cash match because the Parish is providing the engineering services for the project.

Introduce ordinance to create Sales tax District No. 2. Because of the date the upcoming election falls on, the introduction of this ordinance needed to fall on July 30. This is only a 1/2 cent sales tax, which would generate about $1 million a year (excluding the city and the town of Campti). Council member Doug de Graffried said he thinks it’s lunacy to have both the sales tax and the proposed Road District property tax on the upcoming ballot. Parish President Rick Nowlin said only half the people in the Parish pay property taxes. A sales tax would allow everyone, particularly visitors who travel the roads, to participate in the funding of road improvements. He hopes the voters approve both the proposed sales and property taxes at the November election.

Adopt resolution authorizing Parish President to enter into an agreement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the FHWA-Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division in connection with the Odra Levee Road Project

Submit a letter of support to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development in connection with the proposed expansion of the Roy O. Martin timber mill located in Chopin. Roy O. Martin is planning an expansion of its mill, which will be an estimated $8 million project with an additional 14 jobs. In order to get on the agenda for a LED meeting in August, the company must show support from the taxing authorities in the parish where they operate.