LPPJ Flip-Flops on Tax Breaks for Local Hotels

Several votes switched at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s (LPPJ) Economic Development Committee, regarding tax breaks for two hotels that are under construction in Lincoln Parish. The action will allow the projects to forgo payment of 3/4 of a percent in sales taxes on construction materials.

At the 9/8/15 meeting of the jury, two projects were denied the break, one of which was subsequently approved last night.

Changing votes to approve the breaks were Skip Russell (District 8), Hazel Hunter (District Two), and Joe Henderson (District 9). Previously, they had voted to deny the incentives. Voting to deny the application were Bobby Bennett (District 3) and Randy Roberson (District 4).

The full jury subsequently approved the committee’s action, with Bennett and Roberson again voting no.

During the discussion, it was said that some of the jurors who voted two months ago to deny the application were confused and intended to vote otherwise, because their vote was on an amendment instead of the underlying motion.

Last night’s action follows a protracted campaign in news stories and editorials by the local daily newspaper, the Ruston Daily Leader, to bring the issue back up for a vote.

The jury’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Committee approved negotiations between the jury and area oil and gas operators to sell water from the Lincoln Parish Park’s lake for hydrofracking of wells.

Skepticism of the project from committee members turned positive when it was learned that the sale could bring in $200 thousand or more, which could be used to make park improvements.

The Public Property and Buildings Committee approved relocation of the Sales and Use Tax Office from the old Federal Building to the ground floor of the courthouse, and relocation of the LSU Extension Office to the Police Jury Complex on Alabama Avenue.

Finally, the Personnel/Benefits Committee approved three board members for the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau – Jeff Parker, Tiffany Baldwin, and Richard Lewis. Two Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 board members were also reappointed – Mike Fulton and Ray Robinson.

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