Perhaps the most newsworthy item from this morning’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission meeting was that nearly half the sitting members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) were there.
In addition to President Theresa Wyatt (District One) and Skip Russell (District Eight) – both are members of the commission – also present were District Three’s Bobby Bennett, District Four’s Mike Franklin, and District Seven’s Jody Backus.
Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union parishes) District Attorney Bob Levy, City of Ruston Chief of Police Steve Rogers, and Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone filled out the roster of the commission’s legally constituted membership.
The amended 2011 and 2012 proposed budgets were adopted unanimously, and the warden reported that as of today, 167 inmates were housed at the center, including 54 pretrial detainees.
There was no mention of Stone’s proposed new 1/2 cent sales tax during the meeting, although the subject was widely discussed after the session adjourned.
Some informed observers have opined that if Stone places a new 1/2 cent sales tax on the ballot along with a proposal to re-impose an expiring 7.83 mil property tax that has funded sheriff’s office operations for the past ten years, both tax propositions would be defeated.