This letter is in response to the “Letter to the Editor” written by Joe Givens that was published the weekend of February 13-14. Approximately five years ago Rick Nowlin, the President of the Parish at that time, appointed a committee composed with Natchitoches citizens to study the condition of the roads in Natchitoches Parish. Members of the committee were from Campti, Cloutierville, Marthaville and the City of Natchitoches. The committee researched the road conditions and alternate ways to finance road repairs.
We reported back to the Parish Council with a detailed study and ways to finance road repairs. We recommended that the Parish request that bonds be issued to provide funds for road repairs. The bonds would be retired from funds derived from either a one percent sales tax or an increase in the ad valorem tax.
The Parish Council chose not to put our proposal for a tax increase, that would provide funds for road repairs, on the ballot. Parish voters were not given a chance to vote on the tax issue and thus, the roads are in a worse condition today than they were two years ago. I assume our detailed written report is on a shelf somewhere collecting dust. Mr. Nowlin attempted to address the road issue, however, the Parish Council members failed to give the voters a chance to vote.
Roger H. Williams
February 24, 2021
Read the Final Report of June 25, 2015
Final Committee Meeting – 2015 by Clif Hart