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CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The Cameron Parish Police Jury can only use money dedicated in a tax approved in May for the parish courthouse and jail, according to a recent Louisiana Attorney General's opinion.

Voters on May 4 renewed a 10-year ad valorem tax for "maintaining and operating the Cameron Parish Courthouse and Jail."

However, officials sought an opinion on using tax proceeds on the East Annex, which currently houses the District Attorney and the Tax Assessor; as well as the West Annex, which houses the Parish Administrator and staff, the West Cameron Port Commission, the Registrar of Voters and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Officials also asked if the parish was authorized to use the tax proceeds for the maintenance and operation of its temporary location in Creole that housed the Parish Administrator and staff, Registrar of Voters, Director of Planning and Development and the Office of Emergency Preparedness from 2005 to 2012.

The opinion states that, "ad valorem tax proceeds dedicated 'for the purpose of maintaining and operating the Cameron Parish Courthouse and Jail,' may not be used to maintain and operate buildings other than those that house the court and jail."

You can read the full opinion HERE.

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