I do not want anyone to pay more taxes. However, we get what we pay for: Natchitoches pays just over the state average in property taxes, in a state that ranks 48th in property tax rates.
So let’s talk sales tax. Our combined State and local sales tax in Natchitoches Parish is the same, or lower than 26 other parishes. So we do not have the highest taxes in the state. Our sales tax is high compared to most other states, but it doesn’t even come close to offsetting the low property taxes collected.
So, let’s quit giving huge tax breaks to multinational companies operating in Louisiana, AND stop giving them property tax exemptions too! Let’s be honest that our roads are bad because they were poorly built 40 years ago, and that.nothing short of new well constructed roads will fix the crap we drive on. Then let’s be real and admit the Federal government is not going to give us a new road system. No one will fix it except us, because everyone else in the USA is dealing with their own crumbling infrastructure.
Like many of you on this page, I would love to go back to the days when diesel was 35 cents a gallon, a loaf of bread was 25 cents, and the Hwy Dept budget was $6,000,000 a year. But the reality is that prices are way higher now, and our budget has been cut in half. Do the math.
I will continue to work to find a way to make totheorrow better than today for Natchitoches Parish. How about you join me in this effort, and look forward for a solution, instead of backward to what never was very good to begin with.
John Richmond, Proud resident and President of Natchitoches Parish