It's official, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury approved its largest budget yet totaling over $200 million for 2018.
"This is exciting that (the) police jury has approved this budget," said Bryan Beam, Parish Administrator. "There's a lot of good expenditures that people want to see in the parish."
Over $230 million will be spent on non-recurring capital projects that include the juvenile justice facilities, the coroners office, animal services and family and juvenile court.
The money will also go towards roads, bridges and everyone's biggest headache—drainage.
With such a huge budget approved, can our parish expect even bigger budgets in the future?
"It's hard to tell beyond one year," said Beam. "I think we have to wait until the middle or until the fall of next year to know what lies ahead in 2019."
Although our parish's sales tax revenues are growing, Beam doesn't know how long that growth will last.
"We have to make sure we don't go too far out there, because again those sales tax revenues are really not going to last forever as far as that high," he said.
And the same could be said when it comes to other taxes within the parish.
"The police jury is good about rolling its taxes back with each year or every assessment year, and so we're going to put those funds away for the future if we have excess so it's not going to go to waste," said Beam.
With many projects in the budget planned to improve the parish, Beam is excited about what's to come in the new year.
"it's a good time to be in Calcasieu Parish," he said.
To view a copy of the 2018 budget, click HERE.