Ruston City Council Approves Tax Increase Vote

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen approved a resolution calling an April 9 special election to raise the city’s sales tax by 3/4 cents at last night’s meeting. Making the motion was Angela Mayfield (Ward 2), and seconding was Carolyn Cage (Ward 1). Also voting for the motion was Jim Pierce (Ward 4) and Bruce Siegmund (Ward 5). Jedd Lewis (Ward 3) was absent.

The tax is expected to collect from taxpayers over $4 million/yr for 20 years, with the proceeds going toward various infrastructure projects. Also in the plan is a new $15 million sports complex off South Farmerville. The existing facilities would be replaced.

See here the plan.

Moments later, the council voted to award a local business, Timeless Treasures Originals, a tax break for restoration and renovation of it’s building at 103 North Trenton.

That resolution also passed on a 4-0 vote.

In other business, Mayor Ronny Walker recognized Lincoln Builders as the Employer of the Month.

15 Responses to “Ruston City Council Approves Tax Increase Vote”

  1. Ruh-Roh Says:

    Nice, especially when added to whatever increase the State is about to impose.
    Rapidly approaching $200,000,000.00 per year spending for Lincoln parish government functions. Let’s see: divide by about 43000 people, that’s spending a little over $4600 per beating human heart per year.
    Who says collapse isn’t coming?

  2. Vee Says:

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. – Ronald Reagan (1986)

  3. cdstock Says:

    Ruston City Council must think the economy is moving. Can’t wait to watch this go down in flames. What the American citizen needs to do is learn how to say no, people in power have it too easy. Every time their best answer to get out of a problem is by taxing the citizen. If you notice though the problem never goes away it just gets bigger for some reason. However, the way it should be is them figuring out a feasible and fiscally responsible way out of the problem they created.

  4. O2 Says:

    Too many on public payroll in Ruston. Tax will be pasted.

  5. Ruh-Roh Says:

    Don’t assume this tax will fail. It WILL fail if people VOTE. You will PAY the rest of your lives if it passes.
    Do Mayor Walker a favor: if it fails he is off the hook for the unrealistic promises he made to get elected.

  6. JB Says:

    Can anyone tell me why this would be paid for via sales tax instead of a property tax?

    • Bob Sherunkel Says:

      Just a WAG here but I’m betting you don’t own property JB

      • JB Says:

        My personal opinion is that neither sales or property taxes should be increased. Tax collections (property and sales) are up in the last few years thanks to oil and gas operations in the parish and increased property values, why can’t these increased collections be used to help fund these improvements? Additionally, this website has documented several instances where tax breaks were given to local companies. Why wasn’t this money collected and used to support these improvements? The city council won’t collect the money it is due, but the local taxpayers are supposed to take up the slack?

        I don’t currently own property in Lincoln Parish. I ask the question because I am genuinely curious as to why a sales tax was selected over a property tax.

        Was a sales tax was selected to keep wealthy business owners and rental property owners happy and to pass this tax onto those with limited discretionary income?

        • Bob Sherunkel Says:

          Not owning property and paying the punitive taxes already being assessed to those who do own property shields your vision. If you rent, you are being provided a place in which to live with the luxury that you may leave it all behind at the drop of a hat. The person who provides that place for you is not getting rich, he is paying taxes and his bills. Bills like the insurance on your residence, the taxes on your residence.

          Raise the property tax you say? How would feel if your rent were to be increased by, just for grins, $100 a month? You may think that increase goes in my pocket but it raises my liability and I don’t really get to keep it.

          The same logic finds many happy souls this time of year with their tax refund. “i gots $3500 back on taxes, doh!”

          No, you didn’t. You foolishly loaned the federal government money interest free or you are a welfare recipient.

          JB, I am not speaking to you directly and apologize if it at all appears that I am scolding you directly. I am speaking to the mindset that allows folks to simply say, “raise the property taxes.” The disjointed logic says non-property owners cannot vote.

          If taxes must be raised, then we have simply overspent.

  7. O2 Says:

    Property owners already paying too much in taxes. Sales tax only fair way to tax. Of course some people want to enjoy the benefits without paying a dime.

  8. Oldman Says:

    As a property owner let me say this,do we not pay enough taxes as it is or do we tax us out of house and home? Sales taxes are the only fair way to go ,tax us when you spend not when you earn and save. That being said,sales taxes are way too high now,the only fair thing to do is to cut spending like the everyday man has to do when the money’s not coming in. There are people that are landowners that are living paycheck to paycheck just to hold on to their property now.

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