The Tax Renewal
Bossier Parish voters have a choice of renewing the 3 mill tax that funds the Police Jury’s obligation to operating the three parish prisons.
The tax is for another ten years, and has already been renewed once. The Police Jury has rolled back the rate to 2.3% while at the same time putting in money from sales tax revenues in order to fulfill that obligation. Some have called for voting down the tax and forcing the Police Jury to come up with the money by scrubbing the budget and providing the money from other sources. Without studying the Parish budget and being able to suggest where cuts amounting to almost $2,000,000 could be made I am uncomfortable with this approach.
The sheriff pays about 1/3 of the cost of operating the prisons, primarily by providing the manpower. The Police Jury is bound by law to pay most of the rest. This is not an optional expense.
The voters approved building the prisons and voted in this tax in the first place.
I think a better way to suggest savings to the taxpayers would be by studying the Parish budget and sharing your ideas as to what cuts could be made.
The Marshal’s Race
The election for a new City Marshal is tomorrow. At this point, I believe everyone has made up their mind as to who they support. Whether you are for Lynn Austin, Sam Wyatt or Carl Richard – go vote tomorrow.