ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish Council plans to call Nov. 6 special elections to rededicate and renew sales taxes already on the books.
In a brief meeting Monday, the council introduced an ordinance calling for the elections and setting an April 9 public hearing on the ordinance. The public hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. in the council's meeting chambers.
According to the election call, one proposition would be voted on parishwide to extend a half-cent sales tax that voters approved in November 2012. If voters now approve the extension, the half-cent tax would be dedicated to roads and bridges over a seven-year span beginning May 1, 2020.
Another half-cent tax the council wants to extend for seven years and dedicate to roads and bridges is collected in all of the parish except the town of St. Francisville.
Parish President Kevin Couhig said the taxes had been used to support the parish hospital, but the new hospital has been built and the facility is on a healthy financial footing.
If voters approve the new dedications, the parish would have a source of sales tax revenue to construct, repair and maintain public roads and bridges for the first time, Couhig said.
A third proposition on the ballot would renew a half-cent sales tax also collected outside the town of St. Francisville for recreation and social service programs.
The council also will vote April 9 on an ordinance to allow Consolidated Water District 13 to include sewer charges from the company serving The Bluffs in the water bills the district mails to customers in the development. The company would pay the district for the billing service.
In other action, the council:
- Authorized Couhig to request $120,000 in Community Development Disaster Recovery funds originally earmarked for a housing study to be used to install emergency generators at the council's maintenance barn and the parish park, both of which are used in emergencies. The money was awarded to the parish in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.
- Amended a contract with the Arcadis engineering firm to manage federal funds awarded after the August 2016 floods to replace the Island Road bridge over Williams Creek and the Plettenburg Road bridge over Polly Creek.
- Voted to advertise openings on the Capital Area Human Services District board, the parish Economic Development Commission, the Fire Protection District 1 board and the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission.