Archive for the ‘Ouachita Parish Police Jury’ Category

OPPJ Unable to Muster Quorum, Meeting Cancelled

07/21/2014

With one juror out of town, and two other jurors with spouses undergoing surgery, the six-person Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) was unable to gather a quorum for tonight’s meeting, Scotty Roberson (District A) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO).

The meeting will be rescheduled within the next week or so, he said.

Ouchita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/20/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 21, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

See here the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/04/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 7, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

OPPJ Hears NELA “Branding” Pitch

06/17/2014

Last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) heard a request for money – about $50 thousand – to help improve the “brand” the four parish area of Ouachita, Union, Morehouse, and Lincoln.

Making the pitch was Christine Rambo, Senior Vice President for Communications and Development for the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. The goal is, according to Rambo, the recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce to the area.

Rambo, along with Annmarie Sartor of CenturyLink are heading up the North Louisiana Branding Project, that will in collaboration with the DCI Group, develop and present a positive image for the area.

Said Rambo, potential employees “get all the negatives about this place, and coming to work at this place, and living in this place.” To counteract that image, “We take a proactive approach to marketing our area to the rest of the world,” Rambo added. “In the absence of a brand and identity for this region, everybody else defines who we are. In the vacuum, all the negatives fill that space.”

Rambo said they hope to raise about $200 thousand from local area governments.

In other business, the jury gave final approval to an ordinance that would provide administrative procedures for the sale of adjudicated properties, which is property is property that has been placed in local governmental hands because local property taxes have not been paid.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

06/15/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, June 16, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

06/01/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, June 2, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

See here the agenda.

Monday’s OPPJ Meeting

05/20/2014

Last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) lasted 27 minutes, perhaps a record in the five years we have been covering the body. We vividly recall meetings of three hours or more.

During the visitors part of the meeting, S. E. Huey’s Markly Huey addressed an ongoing project to produce flood maps for the Frenchman’s Bend subdivision. Huey said the proposed maps had been reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), and should be published soon.

On another flooding issue, the jury voted to retain Lazenby & Associates to develop cost estimates for projects in the Town & Country and Tanglewood subdivisions. The updated estimates would be used for grant applications.

Architect Tommy Hatten also appeared before the jury soliciting business on upcoming building projects.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/18/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, May 19, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/04/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, May 5, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Area Tax Elections This Saturday

05/01/2014

Bienville Parish

Parishwide School District Proposition – Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall Parishwide School District of the Parish of Bienville, State of Louisiana (the “District”), levy a special tax of twelve and one-hundredth (12.01) mills on all property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $4,804,000 expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2015 and ending with the year 2024, solely for the purpose of paying salaries and benefits for employees and retirees of the Bienville Parish Schools?

School District No. 2 Proposition – Property Tax

New Tax

Shall School District No. 2, Bienville Parish, Louisiana (the “District”), incur debt and issue bonds to the amount of not exceeding $2,500,000, to run not exceeding 15 years from date thereof, with interest at a rate or rates not exceeding 7% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring and/or improving lands for building sites and playgrounds, including construction of necessary sidewalks and streets adjacent thereto; purchasing, erecting and/or improving school buildings and other school related facilities within and for the District and acquiring the necessary equipment and furnishings therefor, title to which shall be in the public; which bonds will be general obligations of the District and will be payable from ad valorem taxes to be levied and collected in the manner provided by Article VI, Section 33 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974 and statutory authority supplemental thereto, with an estimated 5.50 mills to be levied in the first year of issue to pay said Bonds?

Ouachita Parish

East Ouachita Parish School District Proposition – Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall East Ouachita Parish School District of the Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana (the “District”), incur debt and issue bonds not exceeding $28,500,000, in one or more series, to run not exceeding 20 years from date thereof, with interest at a rate not exceeding 8% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring and/or improving lands for building sites and playgrounds; including construction of necessary sidewalks and streets adjacent thereto; purchasing, erecting and/or improving school buildings and other school related facilities for the District, including, to the extent feasible, those specific school projects in the “Capital Improvements Plan” approved by the school board on February 13, 2014, and acquiring the necessary equipment and furnishings therefor, title to which shall be in the public; which bonds will be general obligations of the District payable from ad valorem taxes levied and collected in the manner provided by Article VI, Section 33 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974 and statutory authority supplemental thereto, with no estimated increase in the millage rate to be levied in the first year of issue above the 30 mills currently being levied to pay General Obligation Bonds of the District?

Parishwide Proposition – Juvenile Detention Center Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall the Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), continue to levy a special tax of two and nine-tenths (2.90) mills on all the property subject to taxation in said Parish for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2016 and ending with the year 2025, for the purpose of improving, maintaining, operating and equipping the Ouachita Parish Juvenile Detention Center? This is a renewal of an existing tax presently authorized through 2015. The amount reasonably expected to be generated by this tax in the first year is $2,968,912.00.

Parishwide Proposition – Library Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall the Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), continue to levy a special tax of seven and sixty-four hundredths (7.64) mills on all the property subject to taxation in said Parish for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2016 and ending with the year 2025, for the purpose of providing funds for equipment, supplies, maintenance, operation, construction, acquisition, improvement, renovation and support of the Ouachita Parish Library and its branches? This is a renewal of an existing tax presently authorized through 2015. The amount reasonably expected to be generated by this tax in the first year is $7,821,572.00.

Union Parish

Parishwide Propositions Proposition No. 1 – Property Tax

New Tax

Shall Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Union, State of Louisiana (the “District”), incur debt and issue bonds not exceeding $42,500,000, in one or more series, to run not exceeding 20 years from the date thereof, with interest at a rate not exceeding 8% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring and/or improving lands for building sites and playgrounds, including construction of necessary sidewalks and streets adjacent thereto; purchasing, erecting and/or improving school buildings and other school related facilities within and for the District, and acquiring the necessary equipment and furnishings therefor, and specifically for those facilities, technology and security initiatives set forth in the “Capital Improvement Plan” approved by the School Board on January 13, 2014; which bonds will be general obligations of the District payable from ad valorem taxes levied and collected as provided by Article VI, Section 33 of the 1974 Louisiana Constitution and statutory authority supplemental thereto, with an estimated 13.50 mills to be levied in the first year of issue to pay said Bonds, provided the District shall not be authorized to issue the Bonds unless the following Sales Tax Proposition is also approved by the electorate?

Parishwide Propositions Proposition No. 2 – Sales Tax

New Tax

In the event of the passage of the foregoing Bond Proposition, shall the Parish School Board of the Parish of Union, State of Louisiana (the “School Board”), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 29 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to levy and collect, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”), in perpetuity, from and after July 1, 2014, upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption and storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish (an estimated $2,400,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), all as defined by law, with the proceeds thereof (after paying the reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of operating and maintaining schools and school related facilities, including paying salaries and benefits of teachers and other school personnel?


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