By Pat Todd/Opinion
I think I know what part of the problem is with getting a tax passed and really improving our roads. And no, it is not going back to the old Police Jury we voted out a few years ago. I listened to a really nice country guy at a local business tell how we got 32 million of tax dollars collected by the Assessor (actually the Sheriff collects) and how it was completely wasted on salaries and waste. He continued to be specific about how he thought the revenue was distributed and even said that the parish paid millions for the downtown riverbank. I corrected him where I could, smiled and walked off telling myself that this is a large part of the problem. I wish the parish government would hold another meeting in the big courtroom ( I went to the last one) and put up a large screen and go over the budget where everyone could see. I doubt many would come, the last time maybe 50 people showed up, but now everyone seems to be an expert. Our parish people need to be truly educated, put out the information in black and white. Do we have some waste, of course we do. But is it enough to fix roads, no it is not. You could cut all salaries in half and eliminate all support personnel and not fix or overlay more than a few miles of road out of the more than 800 miles that must be maintained.
One thing is for sure, going from one leader and 5 policy makers to 11 bosses in their own kingdoms will never fix our roads!