Calcasieu Jurors expected to call tax election for May 1

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Residents could soon be asked again to vote on taxes. The Calcasieu Police Jury Ways and Means Committee has recommend a special election on May 1 to address continuation of taxes for various parish services. The full jury will decide at Wednesday night's meeting if it will be included on the ballot.

If approved by voters, the taxes would continue funding for repairs and maintenance of parish roads and for collection and disposal of garbage and trash.

Administrator Mark McMurry says the funds are needed for services people rely upon.  "The one and a half per cent sales tax that is collected and levied only in the unincorporated areas throughout Calcasieu Parish, with the exception of Ward 1, and that tax is primarily dedicated to the road system and the transportation system. For the parish to be able to continue that house to house (garbage) pickup that residents have enjoyed for the last eighteen years, the tax would need to be renewed at its one and a half per cent level."

Jurors will also talk about whether to call an election to provide for increasing costs to maintain the courthouse complex and jail. If approved by the full jury these issues will go before voters May 1.

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