CLINTON — East Feliciana Parish police jurors said Monday they will adopt ordinances Dec. 16 to levy three separate sales taxes if voters approve their renewal in the Dec. 6 election.
Parish Manager J.R. Rouchon said an announcement of the jury’s intention is required by state law.
Voters will see three sales tax propositions on the general election ballot: three-fourths-cent and one-fourth-cent levies dedicated to paying for parishwide garbage collection and a 1-cent tax for the parish’s road and bridge fund.
Voters in 2005 accepted a Police Jury plan to rededicate some taxes to put the parish’s garbage collection program on a sound financial footing.
Juror Dennis Aucoin said Monday he talked with a representative of the parish’s garbage collection contractor who told him operating in parishes without a source of funding is “a nightmare” because the company’s employees have difficulty in determining who is eligible for service and who has not paid.
The jury looked for a method of billing for the service through utility companies, but none of the companies serving the parish want to collect the fees for the jury.
Jury President Louis Kent said parish residents would pay high monthly fees for garbage service if the sales tax revenues were not available.
The Dec. 6 election also includes a proposition for renewal of a 3-mill tax to fund the parish’s Health Unit, Rouchon said.