In addition to the impromptu judge candidate forum at last Tuesday night’s Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) meeting, considerable other business got conducted. So much so that the meeting lasted until about 8:45 PM, long by historical standards.
During the Finance Committee meeting, members heard from agencies that traditionally rely on some of their funding from the jury. The 2014 awards to these agencies totaled about $550 thousand. For 2015, the total requests are for almost $600 thousand.
Here are the agencies that are requesting an increase from 2014 to 2015:
Sparta Groundwater Commission
Elisha Ministries (new agency funding request)
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Coordinating & Development Corporation
Third Judicial District Court
Registrar of Voters
Cooperative Extension Service/LSU Ag Center
Lincoln Parish Coroner
Lincoln Parish Health Unit
No action was taken on any of the requests, but the jury will have to act before the end of the year to approve the 2015 budget.
In other business, the full jury, acting as the parish property tax Board of Review, heard a protest from Campus Evolution Villages, a trailer park on West Alabama. The Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor had valued the property at about $9.3 million, but the owners said it was worth about $8.2 million.
Sarah Chaney, the representative from CEV, said that the vacancies increased from 13% to 22% and that caused income to go down.
The jury voted to uphold the assessor’s valuation on CEV, along with several other tax protests that had been filed. The taxpayers can appeal to the Louisiana Tax Commission.
The jury also heard from Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitor’s Bureau president Travis Napper, who asked approval of the agency’s 2015 budget.
See here the document.