LPPJ, HELP Get Clean Audits

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) and the Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish (HELP) got unqualified opinions for their annual financial audits at last night’s jury meeting. David Hart, representing William R. Hulsey, CPA said there were no significant findings and that both Treasurer Bobby Gray and Administrator Courtney Hall had the books in top shape. “Anything we needed, they jumped on it and got it for us,” Hart said.

LPPJ 2009 Audit

The jury commended the staff and the accountants for their work, an action with which we agree wholeheartedly. Especially so after being exposed over the past several weeks to the financial basket case that is Jonesboro.

During the meeting, there also was discussion of an upcoming tax vote for the Lincoln Parish Library. The present 5.99 millage that funds operation will expire soon, so another tax will be placed on the ballot to replace it. However, the library’s Board of Control voted Wednesday to up the millage to 7.0 mils, saying that’s how much it would take to break even. District Twelve’s R. D. “Mickey” Mays noted that the 5.99 millage generated over $400 thousand in extra revenue for fiscal year (FY) 2009.

The issue will be revisited at the July 13 meeting of the jury when the library board will ask the jury to put the tax on the ballot.

Earlier, the Public Property and Buildings Committee voted to accept the low bid for renovations of the soon-to-be office of the Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor at the Police Jury Complex on Alabama Avenue. The winning bidder – contingent upon them securing a performance bond – was Whitlock & Shelton Construction, Inc. at $149 thousand. See the bid tabs here. The specifications call for a 90-day completion schedule.

Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) had erroneously reported that this was work to be performed on the first floor of the court house for occupancy by the Clerk of Court. That work will be done after the assessor relocates to the jury complex.

We apologize for the error.

Last, the jury passed a resolution requesting that President Obama reduce the six-month Gulf drilling moratorium to thirty days. It was the same resolution debated and passed by the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) Monday night. And the discussion at both bodies was similar – supporters of the resolution cited jobs lost and the detractors cited the environment and the “unknown.”

We were disappointed to hear some of the comments from some of the Lincoln jurors last night about “greedy oil companies” and “greedy businessmen.” They were reminiscent of what we hear at the United Nations (UN) when third-world dictators take to the microphone to bash the United States and the evils of capitalism. It is really tiresome to hear politicians bellyaching about the very people who pay the taxes that fund all the handout money they so eagerly covet.

Voting against the resolution were Theresa Wyatt, Hazel Hunter, Joe Henderson and Annie Brown. Voting for were Mike Franklin, David Hammons, Roy Glover, Jody Backus, Skip Russell, Sharyon Mayfield and Mickey Mays. Bobby Bennett was absent, reportedly having a coronary stent implanted.

One Response to “LPPJ, HELP Get Clean Audits”

  1. LPPJ Begins Process to Find Tenant « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] and it will significantly increase the tax valuations on the affected property. Some of jurors who just last month were critical of the “greedy oil companies” were rubbing their hands in anticipation of […]

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