Letter to the Editor

November 4, 2018

Ms. Carolyn Cage-Ward 1, Ruston, Louisiana Sent by: E-Mail
Ms. Angela Mayfield-Ward 2, Ruston, Louisiana
Mr. Jedd Lewis-Ward 3, Ruston, Louisiana
Mr. Jim Pearce-Ward 4, Ruston, Louisiana
Mr. Bruce Siegmund-Ward 5, Ruston, Louisiana

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am OPPOSED to the SALES TAX ORDINANCE proposal to be voted on by the Ruston City Council at the November 5th regular meeting.

I first wrote to each of you on October 8, 2018 about the proposed 1.75 % sales tax ordinance. I have contacted each of you in person or by phone, at least once, to discuss this issue. I sincerely thank each of you for the time and courtesy each of you has shown me.

I hope the reasons for my opposition to the ordinance was adequately conveyed in the October 8th letter. I tried to be as succinct as possible with my reasons, without resorting to bullying or threats, (as some have done and suggested), regarding this matter. My interest from the beginning of this dialog has been my involvement in the public discourse and a genuine effort to do what “is right” for the City of Ruston and its citizens.

As of this time, answers to the many questions that were brought out in the letter have not been addressed and certainly no adequate answers given. I think the citizens of Ruston deserve more than just salesmanship and hyperbole, with no foundation in fact, before they are expected (or in the instance of this ordinance, COMMITTED) to paying more taxes. A public body not answering legitimate questions and concerns and blindly committing to significant financial obligations is “not right”. Trust me, these concerns are not just mine only. I have received many calls and encouragement from citizens and others for the questions and concerns expressed in my letter.

Again, I hope each of you will consider the concerns I have expressed and vote to defeat the proposed ordinance and submit the questions for further study and review.

If when you get this message, you would care to talk with me, I can be reached at (318) 255-7878 or (318) 265-7878. I look forward to visiting with you on this and other issues that affect our city.

I will see you at the November 5th meeting.


James Fuller

Copy furnished to:
Ruston Daily Leader(Cody Richard)
Lincoln Parish News Online(Walter Abbott)

P.S. Yes, I have seen the front page story in the Ruston Daily Leader and that is more of the salesmanship and hyperbole mentioned above. No comments for the taxpayers or citizens of Ruston, seems somewhat of a one sided (except for comments of Pearce and Siegmund) story.

11 Responses to “Letter to the Editor”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I agree James and most of Ruston agrees. What legal avenues are there? Recall? Walker is out of control.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Will the minutes of this meeting be made public?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    After approval of November minutes (at December meeting), the November minutes will be published in the City’s official journal (Ruston Leader). Minutes are never published until approved. You can request (through a Request for Public Information made to the Clerk’s office) a copy of the draft of minutes. You may or may not get it. It is the law that if you make a request, they must provide if available.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Wasn’t able to make meeting due to storm but want the accurate report not a translated mayoral report . His words are never the correct or true words.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    They record the meeting. Im sure you can make a public information request and get that before the minutes are approved.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    No reason clerk’s office should not have an audio copy available immediately. Contact Laura Hartt lhartt@ruston.org or 251-8651.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Walker will probably not want it public

      • Anonymous Says:

        It is public information. He can not deny you. Might drag his feet but by law has 72 hours to hand it over. Most requests are not filled timely.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Sure haven’t seen anything much about tax matter in the newspaper. Maybe mayor (I mean Leader) is trying to keep the crowd number down so as to look like no opposition. Or maybe they hope folks will forget. Wouldn’t that just be something Walker come up with!

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