Police Jury Talks Money

A shortage of money, and what to do about it, took up much of last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

The discussion began during the Fiance Committee meeting where two budget amendments were adopted to accommodate a million dollar revenue shortfall caused by loss of oil/gas severance tax proceeds.

General Fund Budget Amendment
Courthouse Capital Fund Budget Amendment

That development was revealed at last month’s meeting, and was a result of oil/gas producers in the parish taking advantage of tax exemptions not previously used.

Jury Administrator Courtney Hall noted, “The Local Government Budget Act requires that if you have a 5% variance or more in your budget during the calendar year, you have to formally as soon as possible take action to formally amend your budget, which is what we’re doing tonight, because it’s so significant.”

During the full jury meeting, a resolution was passed asking the area’s legislative delegation and the Louisiana Police Jury Association for assistance to enact legislation that could provide relief.

See here the document.

During the discussion, it was brought out that the severance tax revenues would likely not be forthcoming for 2020. These taxes make up about 1/3 of the general fund budget.

The jury unanimously approved the property tax rates for 2019. The millage rates are the same as last year, with the exception of the library tax for operation and maintenance, which was increased from 3.20 mils to 4.65 mils.

See here the ordinances.

A public hearing was held prior to the jury meeting, and there was a bit of public participation.

Mark Taylor said that the jurors should be aware that the money that funds the library belongs to the taxpayers. He also suggested that the library doesn’t server the entire parish, especially since it no longer operates a bookmobile. He added that other efficiencies in operation could be realized, perhaps by revamping operating hours.

Former Jury Administrator spoke, noting that the bookmobile was simply too expensive to operate and maintain, and that the library has programs that serve all the parish.

10 Responses to “Police Jury Talks Money”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Spend less. This isn’t difficult, people.

  2. Walter’s cousin Says:

    We need Heisenberg back, he’ll tell those police jurors how to save the parish money!

  3. Walters Cousin twice removed 🍸 Says:

    Walter, I liked this article better when I read it the first time in the Ruston daily leader. What’s the point of reposting the articles from today’s newspaper with no additional commentary. Seems to me you owe Ruston daily leader some royalties….🤔

  4. Walters twin brother Says:

    Lazy lazy lazy

  5. whatmetoo Says:

    Better proofread carefully and factcheck if you use Caleb’s work…

    • Walters cousin Says:

      At least Caleb makes the effort to write with originality. Walter can’t even write an original thought

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