OPPJ’s Jackson: “there’s not enough money”

Ouachita Parish District A Police Juror Charles Jackson said last week that the Police Jury may have to raise taxes to operate the Ouachita Correctional Center and the Public Works department. His remarks were made at the Jury’s Finance Committee meeting last Monday night.

The story was in the December 17, 2009 issue of the Ouachita Citizen. While The (Moroe) News-Star’s story told of the budget woes, there was no mention in that version of the possibility of tax increases.

Jackson said the jury may need to go to the voters in October to ask for a property tax increase to fund the OCC. He also said that sales tax revenues were down $1/2 million, pinching the Public Works Department’s budget. A one cent sales tax is the revenue source for road construction and maintenance.

The full Jury will meet Monday, December 21, 5:30 pm at the Ouachita Parish Court House. Adoption of the 2010 budget will be on the agenda.

Look for in the near future a major sales pitch to rededicate the just-passed V-Vehicle property tax to cover the shortfalls, once the V-Car fails to materialize and that project collapses.

One Response to “OPPJ’s Jackson: “there’s not enough money””

  1. Jeff Says:

    Walter,

    I don’t know about the budget but I experienced first hand how the OJJP’s budget was handled back when Arlan Rawls was around. Arlan looked you in the eye and said “That’s just too %$@# much. You better get your butt back in there and figure out how you’re going to get the job done with half that much! (expletives deleted)”

    We could sure use Arlan now!

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