Ruston City Council to Vote on Restaurant Tax Tomorrow

In a special called meeting set for tomorrow (Thursday, November 29) at 5:00 PM at Ruston City Hall, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will decide the fate of Mayor Ronny Walker’s latest tax and spend scheme.

Up for consideration are two ordinances.

One amends a previous ordinance establishing the boundaries of a proposed tax district that consists of all the restaurants and hotels within the city limits of Ruston.

See here the document.

Also, the council will vote on the ordinance that actually levies the tax, a 1.75% tax on sales at those establishments.

Here’s the document.

Ruston City Hall is located at 401 North Trenton, and the meeting will be in the first floor courtroom.

Here’s the agenda.

87 Responses to “Ruston City Council to Vote on Restaurant Tax Tomorrow”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Your description the best ever and so accurate. ” Walker’s latest tax and spend scheme “

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Ruston Leader says Christmas lighting now moved to tomorrow night. You know when Walker waves his wand at 6. How does that happen when special council meeting at 5? Meeting could last a long time since public allowed to talk and question and crowd expected. An hour definitely not long enough between the two events.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Mayor did not think many would show up for the meeting since it was on a Thursday night at 5. He thought we would all forget about it. And as for moving the parade up one night, his special assistant didn’t even think about the special meeting. Shows you just how their minds work. This is typical of how the office operates – by the seat of their britches (I mean short skirts).

    • Anonymous Says:

      Oh they need to cancel one of them. The crowds are coming to city hall meeting tomorrow. That’s more important than dumb Christmas lights. He can’t keep taxing us. We don’t give a crap about Christmas lights or a parade.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    It’s a done deal! The meeting will be over in 20 minutes with Walker’s tax passing.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Kourtney Keim, mayor’s assistant, made announcement in Leader that parade was moved up one day. I guess she didn’t think about the meeting at 5 since she doesn’t typically attend the council meetings unless it is to give out those dumb plastic clocks to recognize long years of service of retirees. I should say “some” of the retirees as not all retirees are recognized by mayor. Wonder why? Who makes up that list?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Leader was a bit misleading. The Christmas lighting ceremony and a concert are planned for tonight. Everyone just assumed the parade was part of the festivities.

    • Anonymous Says:

      The mayor’s high dollar assistant.

  6. WalkerTexasRanger Says:

    We’re going to get this tax passed. It’s not like you sheep will actually stand up and do anything!

    • Anonymous Says:

      It’s all crumbling and the city residents are mad

    • Anonymous Says:

      Yes we will. City residents are allowed to speak at this public meeting.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Praying God will prevail against this leadership. Many good Christians in Ruston. I thought a few of the council was but they must fear Walker.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    The parade is Dec 8th

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I can see this happening…I hope not but likely. Wouldn’t surprise us if there is a split vote. 2/2 with alderman Lewis absent and mayor gets to break the tie. Alderman Lewis, you can make a difference tonight for the good of our City by voting NO. Will you do the right thing?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Hope Jedd does right thing. His mama would be sad if he doesn’t.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Council needs to realize that Walker won’t make it another term. His private & public life falling apart. Do they want to be part of a new and better administration several years from now that can repair what Walker has done? Or do they want to be remembered as being part of the problem and be associated with him? Tonight they can take a stand and be remembered for that and show the city you care. Otherwise they can look at not being reelected. Along with the mayor.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Be remembered for the good you have done, by stopping this runaway train.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Jedd Lewis told me he was voting for the tax. He said “We need to keep the MOMENTUM”.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Call your council members and show up for the meeting this afternoon, otherwise taxpayers lose.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Be remembered for having a backbone and doing what your constituents elected you to do… their voice. I promise you whatever backdoor deal this shady mayor has promised will never happen. He just wants the tax passed. He is not a man of his word.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Certainly not comforting knowing we have a crooked leader and council members who have been fooled.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Not comforting indeed thanks to the spineless ones who are afraid of the mayor. What can he do? He can’t kick you off the Board. He can’t dock your pay. Remember the taxpayers are paying your salary and elected YOU to that position. Don’t be part of his underhandedness.

    • Anonymous Says:

      But remember these same council members also gave themselves a raise recently too. Same time mayor gave himself $20,000 raise yearly. Yet he wants new taxes? So crooked his eyes are crossed.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Yes Walker is powerless over the council. They need to not fear him like city employees do. He is losing his power quickly .

      • Anonymous Says:

        Jedd Lewis is a whimp. Never has taken a real stand on anything. Don’t know how he ever got re-elected. Very disappointing but not unexpected.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    How did the meeting go tonight?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Strangest thing happened, only one of you showed up tonight to speak against the tax. There was an overwhelming response from folks who were in favor of the tax, including a restaurant owner. From yalls big talk today, you would have thought a mob would have shown up with pitchforks and torches. But we knew all yalls big, anonymous talk, was nothing but trash. Find something better to do with your time, like find a job.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Tax ordinance passed.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Knock, knock!!!

  18. Anonymous Says:

    So when folks quit frequenting the restaurant and hotels, and they will, you have Ronny Walker to thank.

    • Anonymous Says:

      ALL his ex wives thank him too. Is the public aware he’s no longer married?

      • Anonymous Says:

        Yes, the former wives saw the “other” side of him that those working closest to him have seen…and folks, it is not a pretty picture.

        • Tommy Wright Says:

          What kinda picture? How come the good people voted him in with so many exes?

          • Anonymous Says:

            The public wasn’t aware. He only married the current ” recently divorced one ” about 5 years ago. Around time if first run for mayor . None of his baggage came out then.

          • Anonymous Says:

            Walker is a smooth, good ole boy talking guy. He has weaseled his way into the fabric of our community. He was advised that to be elected, he needed to be married so he married a lovely lady and she helped him get elected. She stuck around until his second unopposed term started and things got intense, she filed and the rest is history. He has always been a ladies’ man.

  19. Tommy Wright Says:

    Is this anything like what the swamps up to over in Monroe and West Monroe? The downtown part of Monroe wants some kinda tax district or tax development district. Seems to me like old Echols over in Monroe wants the tax credits to go to the businesses he owns. Now that new woman mayor in West Monroe wants a restaurant tax. It’s confusing to us simple minded folks but sure does smell funny.

  20. Tommy Wright Says:

    I like exposing the swamp for all the corruption.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Well if you turn over enough dirt, you will find the corruption. There seems to be quite a bit of both here in Ruston.

      • Tommy Wright Says:

        I turned over the dirt on the new Judge over yonder who screwed over the World War 2 vet to pad his own pockets.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Not sure about that lady mayor over there passing taxes….might have better opposition than Ruston had

    • Anonymous Says:

      I heard over at the huddle house rob shadoin resigned due to some corruption. Not sure I believe it but…..

      • Tommy Wright Says:

        That’s where I got the info on old Bruce Almighty Hampton and the WWII vet was at the Huddle House. Rob Shadoin resigned so he could take on a swampy lawyering role in the Wildlife and Fisheries. Wonder what he’s fishing for…..if you know what I mean. Higher state retirement I reckon. Them deputy under secretaries and chief assistants to the deputies make a bit more money is my guess.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    The vote was 3/2. Surely Pearce and Siegmund voted no because of their constituents’ wishes and what they thought was right. Now do you expect me to believe the other three wards all wanted the tax when two clearly didn’t? Give me a break.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Wonder what did Walker promise the three who voted yes?

  23. Anonymous Says:

    In response to the heavy hand question, ask one of the x -Mrs. Walker.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    Probably no “records” available as Chief probably “handled” the situations.

    • anonymous Says:

      You just walk up to the window at the police station and ask. Ask about the wives, not the mayor- you won’t get that info!

  25. Harvey Budy Says:

    Interesting concept

  26. Pearl Briles Says:

    Interesting concept

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