Lincoln GIS a Blossoming Bureaucracy

Back in July, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury voted to establish the Lincoln Parish Geographic Information District. At that meeting, District Five Juror David Hammons worried that the new agency (it is an independent political body) might try to levy taxes. It appears he had good reason to worry.

At the Tuesday, October 13 meeting of the jury, the agenda shows consideration of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between the GIS and the Police Jury. On page three of the document we see the word “fees.” Many political commentators – and we are one of them – say the words “taxes” and “fees” are interchangeable.

To be fair, it should be noted that compliance with the Louisiana Uniform Construction Code and its associated rules is required, so someone has to do it. Close monitoring of the new agency will be necessary – but that’s what we do.

Agency Funding

Several agencies that rely upon the Police Jury – and by extension the taxpayers – for funding are up for consideration. Total requests are up about $12 thousand (from $506 thousand to $518 thousand, or 2.36%), despite the local economy. Lincoln Parish unemployment is 9.2%, highest rate in at least twenty years.

Salaries and wages for employees are listed on the Finance Committee agenda, but no information on this item was included in the package of documents LPNO obtained Friday morning.

Tax Assessor Office Relocation

The ink is hardly dry on the Police Jury purchase of the old County Market Building and the Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor wants to move in to the new digs. The jury voted on September 8 to buy the building.

But Pam Jones isn’t satisfied with the “as is” condition of the offices. She wants renovation of suite 109 and 113 of the building. See her letter here. Also requesting space in the building is the GIS District and the Third Judicial District Attorney.

It is easy to conceive that within two or three years, the entire building will be filled with government deadheads from top to bottom.

Also on the agenda is consideration of mobile home buildings inspection fees. However, when we picked up the agenda items at the Police Jury offices on Friday morning, no documents pertaining to this item were included.

Police Jury committees will begin meeting at 3:30 pm this afternoon on the third floor of the Court House and continue through the full Jury meeting at 7:00 pm.

4 Responses to “Lincoln GIS a Blossoming Bureaucracy”

  1. Wascator Says:

    Several of these “districts” exist already; they have a history of beginning as spinoffs of the Police Jury, who then promptly lose control of them. I submit as evidence: the fire district; the convention-visitor’s bureau. All seem to be growing unchecked. The GIS operation has laudable goaks, it has been funded by contributions form the participants’ general-fund budgets, now they will want their own support tax and the salary and benefit costs will grow along with the staff. Soon they will want space in the County Market, too. Maybe they can have the old Assessor’s office.

  2. LPPJ to Meet, Elect Officers for 2010 « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] is renovations for the Clerk of Court’s and Tax Assessor’s offices. LPNO had reported here and here on the Assessor’s request for office renovation and relocation into the old County […]

  3. Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday Evening « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] This committee, chaired by District Six’s Roy Glover, consists of Jody Backus, Annie Brown, Sharyon Mayfield and Mickey Mays. They will hear from architect Michael Walpole about renovations to offices for the Tax Assessor and Clerk of Court. LPNO had reported on this issue here, here, here and here. […]

  4. Lincon Parish Police Jury Tuesday Afternoon « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] LPNO has reported extensively on the building issues here, here, here, here and here. […]

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