Members of the community attended the City Council meeting Monday night, July 8 to discuss the proposed 1% sales and use tax for District C and oppose an application for the operation of a dental office on Williams Avenue.
The Ordinance Amendment was up first for introduction. Several residents spoke against the planning and zoning amendment which would change the zoning classification of the property located at 219 Williams Avenue from R-1 Residential to R-1 Residential, Special Exception to Operate a dental office. This will come up for final vote at the July 22 Council meeting.
The Council voted unanimously to table an ordinance to levy an additional 1% sales and use tax in Natchitoches Economic Development District C, which encompasses the hotels and businesses around the Natchitoches exit on I-49.
The Council members agreed that they didn’t have the answers they needed in order to vote on the ordinance. The original idea when it was proposed was to build a sports park without costing the people that live in Natchitoches an arm and a leg. Since the interstate is a hub of immense traffic, the thought was that a tax out there would limit the amount of money spent by residents, while still creating a large impact for the city.
Council member Eddie Harrington said it’s the optics and the fairness of it all that concerns him. Dale Nielsen said that somewhere along the way, the train ran off the tracks and they need to regroup and find the answers to some questions they have, which include projected operating costs and revenue. The ordinance may be adjusted as they get more information, but it can’t be brought back as just a sales tax.
Mayor Lee Posey said if the tax doesn’t pass they’ll have to figure something else out.
Other agenda items included:
PLANNING & ZONING – INTRODUCTION:
Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing
Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows:
Lots 9, 10 And 11 Of Readhimer Subdivision From R-1 Residential To R-1 Residential, Special Exception To Operate A Law Office. (1736 Washington St.)
ORDINANCES – FINAL:
Ordinance To Amend And Re-Adopt Section 22-36 Of The Code Of Ordinances, Which Said Section Is Within Article III, Entitled “Cane River Lake” Of Chapter 22 Entitled “Parks And Recreation”, Said Section Being Amended And Re-Adopted To Amend Regulations Governing Watercraft Operation During Fireworks Displays, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.