25 years tax on ballot for Jennings voters - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

25 years tax on ballot for Jennings voters

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - In two weeks the city of Jennings will hold an election. Jennings residents will be asked to pass a 1% sales tax increase for the next twenty-five years. 
The money that would be collected is estimated to be around 2-million dollars a year, and would be spent on constructing, improving, operating, and maintaining things like streets, drainage, water works, sewers, parks, and the fire and police departments.

But, here is where the confusion arises. The city of Jennings believes this is a renewal of a tax that residents have been paying since 1977. But, on the ballot it will not be called a renewal. 
According to the Jennings Daily news paper, the city believes the ordinance allowing them to collect this tax will expire this year. The Louisiana secretary of state's office believes the ordinance expired in 2002, meaning this  would not be a renewal. 

This could mean bad news for the city of Jennings, because in these tough economic times a proposition listed as a new tax may have trouble passing. 
7 News was unable to contact any city officials concerning this issue.

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ON THE BALLOT:

March 27, 2010 Election Parish of Jefferson Davis City of Jennings Proposition

(Sales Tax)

 

Summary: Levy and collection of a one percent (1%) sales and use tax ("Tax")

for a period of twenty-five years beginning April 1, 2010, with collections from

the levy of the tax estimated to be $2,000,000 for one entire year, for the purpose

of establishing, acquiring, constructing, improving, operating and maintaining

streets, drainage, water works, sewer, garbage, parks, fire department, police

department, and public buildings, including salaries of City employees for any

one or more of said purposes, within the City of Jennings, Louisiana.

Shall the City of Jennings, Louisiana, under the provisions of Article VI, Section

29(A) of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, Sub-Part D, Part I,

Chapter 6, Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 (La. R.S. 33:2711,

et seq.), and other constitutional and statutory authority supplemental thereto, be

authorized to levy and collect, and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy

and collection, a tax of one percent (1%) upon the sale at retail, the use, the

lease or rental, the consumption and storage for use or consumption of tangible

personal property and on sales of services in the City of Jennings, Louisiana, all

presently or hereafter defined in La. R.S. 47:301 through La. R.S. 47:318,

inclusive, for a period of twenty-five years beginning April 1, 2010, with

collections from the levy of the tax estimated to be $2,000,000 for one entire

year, with the proceeds of said tax (after paying reasonable and necessary costs

and expenses of collecting and administering the tax) to be dedicated and used

for the following purposes, viz: establishing, acquiring, constructing, improving,

operating and maintaining (1) streets, sidewalks and bridges; (2) drains and

drainage facilities; (3) waterworks facilities; (4) sewer and sewerage disposal

works; (5) garbage and solid waste facilities; (6) public parks and recreational

facilities; (7) fire department stations and equipment, including fire trucks; (8)

police department stations and equipment; and (9) public buildings; and

purchasing and acquiring the necessary land, equipment and furnishings for 

any of the aforesaid public works, improvements and facilities, including

salaries of City employees, or for any one or more of said purposes the said tax

to be subject to funding into bonds by the City for the purpose of paying all or

part of the cost of capital improvements for the aforesaid purposes, or any other

lawful corporate purpose to the extent and in the manner permitted by the laws

of Louisiana?

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