Ruston City Council to Vote Monday on Creation of Tax District

Ruston’s City Council can Monday kill, or keep alive, Mayor Ronny Walker’s proposed 1.75 cent sales tax on hotels, restaurants, and theaters.

An ordinance creating the tax district is up for a vote. A yea vote will advance the plan, a nay vote will stop it.

Consider Ordinance No. ________ of 2018, Creating the “Economic Development District No. 1 of the City of Ruston, State of Louisiana;” Defining the Boundaries Thereof From Which Area Local Sales Tax Increments will be Determined and Used to Finance Economic Development Projects in Accordance with and as Authorized by Part II of Chapter 27 of Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as Amended; and Providing for Other Matters in Connection with the Foregoing

Also on the agenda is a public hearing on the companion ordinance, which would actually levy the tax.

Public Hearing Regarding Ordinance No. ________ of 2018, Creating the “Economic Development District No. 1 of the City of Ruston, State of Louisiana;” Defining the Boundaries Thereof From Which Area Local Sales Tax Increments will be Determined and Used to Finance Economic Development Projects in Accordance with and as Authorized by Part II of Chapter 27 of Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as Amended; and Providing for Other Matters in Connection with the Foregoing

If citizens of Ruston want to speak up, the meeting is set for 5:30 PM, Monday, October 1, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here’s the agenda.

35 Responses to “Ruston City Council to Vote Monday on Creation of Tax District”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Please show up Ruston in full force. My husband & I plan to. We have to stop this train wreck of a mayor . He’s already destroyed many lives of dedicated employees that were at the city for decades before he was. He’s power hungry .

  2. Anonymous Says:

    From a former resident., the mayor appears to be putting Ruston on the map. Sometimes progress makes deadbeats go to the house.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Hi, Ronny!

      • Anonymous Says:

        That would be funny and sad if it were Ronny. I assume like you most the complaints about terminating employees is by former employees.

        • Jody Says:

          Maybe so but i know my wife and i are very interested in their views of the inner workings of the City. After all WE did elect this many 4 years ago. Since then he ha raised the taxes putting one of the expensive City’s in the state when it comes to sales tax. Now wants to impose MORE taxes after he has spent $$ on Rail Road park fixing up the stage. And i am curious how much $$ was spent on those Christmas lights downtown. Did that go through the bidding process? What about the glorius skating rink? I have heard he gets city employees to work that and doesnt pay them. Just something to ponder before we let this new tax pass.

          • Anonymous Says:

            You are correct. That dumb skating rink is now gross. Did you see it last year? It’s trash and the skates are cheap. The thing won’t make it through another season. It’s filthy dirty and stained . Sort of like the entire city right now.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Hey Jody,
            Previous Mayor is the one who started the rail road park project and yes it was without bids.

            • Jody Says:

              So you are telling me the elaborate stage cover was purchased under his administration but not installed until new administration took over?

              • Anonymous Says:

                That is correct. On his way out the door Mayor Hollingsworth spent somewhere between $600-850k remodeling the park without ever taking the first bid. He circumvented the bid laws by breaking it in parts and called it all professional services.

                • Jody Says:

                  So the clam shell on the stage was his idea and it was paid for before Walker took office.

                  • Anonymous Says:

                    The project was already started and commitments made to fund them. I guess the current Mayor have tried to get out of it but City would have been sued and lost. Remember election is in November new mayor not sworn in till January and he inherits the budget that I think runs October 1 till Sept 30. So Mayor Walker’s first nine months where Hollingsworth last budget

                  • Anonymous Says:

                    That is correct. Walker was elected in October took office in January and he didn’t make his first budget until the following October. He inherited a project that was almost complete and already in the budget.

                • Yaya Says:

                  So I wonder how much was spent onall of those elaborate Christmas lights?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    How dare you call the citizens of Ruston deadbeats!

    • Anonymous Says:

      I don’t think he called the citizens of Ruston deadbeats. I think his implication was that there where or are a number of complainers who were very comfortable with how things have been run for so long and that the Mayor has demanded more of them than what’s been expected in the past. Transitions are always difficult.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Obviously you aren’t in the know. The ” transition ” has only happened because Walker wants to spend more than is there. He didn’t want to be held accountable by people that knew way more about money than he does. Or how to run a city.

        • Anonymous Says:

          Well obviously you aren’t in the know. The transition happened because Walker won the election 60/40 and then was re-elected for a second term “UNOPPOSED “. Elections have consequences and to the winner goes the right to “TRY” and make their vision of things come to pass. The Mayor is NOT accountable to the City Treasurer in fact it’s just the opposite the treasurer is directly accountable to him. The Mayor and the City Council are however directly accountable to the City’s registered voters notice I didn’t say citizens. Your opinion that he would like to spend more money than he has is well, misinformed. Follow along with me now if you can. First he streamlined some of the City cost especially those associated with healthcare. Then he came to the VOTERS and asked for a 1/2 cent sales tax in order to pay for his moving Ruston forward program. He said at the time he planned on bonding out 80 million dollars to cover the cost and committed the sales tax revenue to fund the bonds. It passed!!! As of today they still have room to bond out more money attached to the 1/2 cent sales tax as the dedicated revenue for the bonds. Then he found a developer to build the shopping center on Cooktown and the mayor and City Council created a “TIF” district which allows them to add a 1/2 cent sales tax to the shops in the district to pay for all the necesary improvements. Again it’s a dedicated fund that can’t be used elsewhere. Lastly he wants create an economic development district to pay for the construction of The multipurpose Gym/Senior Center/VFW/ water park complex.

          So your wrong when you say he’s spending more than is there. Each one of these projects has a dedicated revenue source to pay for them.

          Now it is safe to say that he has a very optimistic view of the future I.e. build it and they will come and personally I wish he would hold off on the last project till the other two start paying off but it’s his call because he got elected and elections have consequences.

          All of your attacks are personal and deal very little with the facts. If your mad man up and show up or maybe grow a pair and run yourself.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Believe me we know all about what you just posted. Even the misinformation. Those of us that worked on the inside know. We saw the facts.

            • Anonymous Says:

              When I last checked I wasn’t born with balls either. Told you. Don’t assume it’s a man.

            • Anonymous Says:

              Ok I believe you Senator Fienstein. Would you like to present any of those facts you have? We are all waiting.

  4. Ms H Says:

    A deadbeat could be characterized as someone that can’t keep a job or spouse. . . Last time I check the current mayor has had how many jobs/careers and how many wives, but that’s none of my business.
    🐸 ☕️

    • Anonymous Says:

      Ms H ,
      Your right it is none of your business but yet you go there in an effort to demean and disparage someone you don’t agree with politically. In case you missed it that seems to be the standard operating procedure of all the politicians who are running our country theses days. Why is it that if you don’t agree with what he is doing you can’t call your City Councilman and start organizing your neighbors to fight it out at the meeting tomorrow night. Instead you elect to stup to the lowest level by making disparaging personal attacks.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Hey now, you leave us stuppers alone!

        • Anonymous Says:

          Stuppers have a right to know if mayor that ran and won as a happily married family man is now a non married man right? We have a single mayor now? Why?

          • Jody Says:

            And we have a right to know his “scramble the money honey” spending tactics that could put the City in financial ruins.

            • Anonymous Says:

              He’s already done that. He’s juggling funds. Hoping public won’t realize. Why do you think so many former employees aren’t around? He gets rid of the ones that know what he’s doing.

              • Anonymous Says:

                I’ll ask again, can you guys let us know how many people the Mayor has fired in the last 4 years? Y’all make it sound like he’s firing people every week.

                • Anonymous Says:

                  No they can’t and they won’t but it’s less than six. There have probably been about 6-8 others who had 25 plus years who elected to retire for whatever reason. I’m sure the disgruntled will have you believe it’s for nefarious reasons.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Sadly when your in the public eye everyone thinks they have a right to know about your private life. The truth is you don’t. The exception to that is if your physical health make you unable to fulfill your elected duties.

            How would you like for all your personal business to be out on the street as they say. Everyone loves to gossip but nobody wants to be the subject of it.

          • anonymous Says:

            He doesn’t keep a wife for long! And you’re assuming he’s a family man!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Mayor and his cronies need to take some lessons in grammar. Shows you just how ignorant they are.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    P.S. Concerning the aforementioned statement about railroad park project, the information being touted by mayor’s office representatives, and mayor in particular, is inaccurate. They think citizens are stupid. We don’t believe what you are saying!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Apparently in your effort to cover for your friends you forgot about this.
      City of Ruston Cited for Bid Law Violation
      A just-released audit for the City of Ruston said that a quarter million dollar public works project was let without bids, in violation of the state’s public bid law, LA RS 38:2212.

      The violation occurred during fiscal year 10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014, which would have been under former Mayor Dan Hollingsworth’s administration.

      Management’s response, presumably from newly-elected Mayor Ronny Walker, noted that the city administrator in charge of the project was no longer employed by the city, and that additional training would be conducted regarding bid laws.

      See here the complete report.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Yet again you bent the information. If it happened the way you say, purchasing agent would have been terminated on the spot.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Not interested in what happened in 2013. We are interested in where our tax dollars go in the here and now.

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