No “Moving Ruston Forward” Status Reports Since April

There have been no updates of the “Moving Ruston Forward” project status reports since April 13 of this year.

The reports were “a web-based portal which Ruston citizens can access for information relating to MRF projects,” according to a resolution adopted at the June 16, 2016 meeting of the Ruston City Council.

The 4/13/17 report showed the total budget to be $92.7 million, and the sports complex to cost $30 million.

Those numbers are different from what the voters were told prior to an April, 2016 tax election that raised sales taxes within the city limits of Ruston by 3/4 cents. The sales tax is supposed to pay off bond debt the city will incur to fund the projects.

Originally, the total price was $80 million, and the sports complex was budgeted at $15 million.

See here the original budget.

At the 9/11/17 meeting of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen, a $35.2 million contract to construct the sports complex was approved. That price does not include the cost of several parcels of land that has been purchased off South Farmerville Street on which the complex will be built.

A 12/9/16 status report had the overall project cost at $87.7 million, with the sports complex budgeted at $18 million.

See here the report.

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4 Responses to “No “Moving Ruston Forward” Status Reports Since April”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Is Moving Ruston Forward a five-year plan or a four-year plan? Asking for a friend.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    That’s funny. 🙂

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Mayor isn’t moving anything forward . Only spending & acquiring debt. Will all go poof . Bet he’s not elected again. Bets?

  4. Orange Julius Says:

    Technically speaking, a man walking toward the electric chair is “moving forward”…
    Just sayin…

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