West Ouachita Sales Taxes to Increase on 7/1/16

Sales taxes in Ouachita Parish west of the Ouachita River will go up by $0.0039 (slightly less than 4/10 of one cent) beginning July 1, after the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) unanimously approved at last night’s meeting an ordinance to enact the tax. The money is dedicated to roads and drainage.

Voters approved the levy in an April 9, 2016 election. A $0.0139 (slightly less than 1.4 cents) sales tax for the eastern part of the parish failed that same election.

During the public hearing for the ordinance, no one spoke.

There was extended discussion during the finance committee meeting over the cost of a upgraded electronic door lock system for the Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center.

Director Lamar Anderson said the system would cost $577 thousand. The money would be paid from a capital fund money that originally was budgeted for a roof replacement.

District E’s Shane Smiley asked, “If the roof starts leaking in 2017, what are we gonna do?”

Treasurer Brad Cammack said that the roof did need some maintenance, but that it should hold up for several more years.

Finance Committee Chair Walt Caldwell (District C) asked Cammack to create for the next jury meeting a spreadsheet clarifying the center’s budget situation.

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2 Responses to “West Ouachita Sales Taxes to Increase on 7/1/16”

  1. NotAgain Says:

    MORE

  2. Oldman Says:

    What are they going to do when we the tax payer run out of money? It’s not going to be pretty. But it’s just money,right?

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