OPPJ Says it Needs More Taxes, Too

Police Jury proposes sales tax hike for road repairs

By Zach Parker

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury took the first step Monday toward calling an election asking voters in unincorporated Ouachita Parish to approve a pair of sales tax hikes to generate revenues for road repairs.

The Police Jury voted to create an economic development district in western Ouachita Parish and another in eastern Ouachita Parish. At a later date, the Police Jury plans to call for an election raising the sales tax rate in western Ouachita by .39 percent and by 1.49 percent in eastern Ouachita. The two sales tax increases would bring the total sales tax rate to 9.99 percent, which is in line with the rate in Monroe and West Monroe.

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