Jurors put tax props on October 2 ballot - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Jurors put tax props on October 2 ballot

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

 LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -Normally when voters turn down a proposal, there's a six month waiting period before it can be brought back-- unless the public body calling the tax declares an emergency.

 Police Jury attorney Allen Smith says the proposals on the ballot are not the same-- for one thing there's no increase requested. Still he recommended jurors declare an emergency.  "I've met and conferred with our tax and bond counsel and while we're confident our tax propositions would not be declared the same as offered in May, out of an abundance of caution I would suggest that the jury adopt a resolution declaring the call of the two tax propositions as emergencies. "

Jurors agreed go forward on October 2nd with two propositions-- the property tax for the courthouse and jail maintenance and replacement of an existing 1 1/2 cent sales tax to provide for roads and garbage pickup and disposal. If the sales tax fails people outside the cities will have to subscribe to a private company for garbage pickup.

Jim Schooler with Jim Bill Disposal says they should set the wheels in motion now to respond to whatever voters decide. "If it passes or fails, people have to have garbage service. It's going to take anywhere from four to six months to put it in by the time you put cans in there, because it calls for new garbage cans. And that's one of the big hold ups. It takes four to six months for any vendor to get the cans and stuff."

 Right now the parish pays Waste Management to pick up garbage in areas outside the cities except for Moss Bluff. Parish officials say there is time to develop plans for either outcome at the polls.

Also parish officials want people to know they've changed the location for the upcoming rabies clinic in West Calcasieu. It will be at the 9th grade Sulphur High School campus and AG barn from 8 am to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12th.

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