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Bureau of Governmental Research Backs Millage/Tax Renewals on December Ballot

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JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

November 18, 2016

JEFFERSON, LA – The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) throws its support behind millages and a 1% sales tax renewal on the December 10th ballot. At that time voters will decide whether to renew a millage for Drainage and Recreation, also renewals for a 1% Sales Tax and a Jefferson Parish School Property Tax.

In a report released Thursday, BGR stated the 1% Sales Tax would “enable the Parish to finance much-needed road and sewerage improvements on both sides of the Mississippi River. The Parish also could leverage additional state and federal dollars for major road projects. In addition, the Sheriff and five municipalities would retain an important funding source for an additional 20 years.”

The report goes on to state the renewal of the Drainage Millage would “preserve a critical funding source for day-to-day operation and maintenance of the drainage system and provide new revenue to help fund capital needs the Parish has identified in its drainage master plan.” The BGR stated the renewal of the Recreation Millage would be beneficial by preserving “A core funding source for recreation facilities and programs in the unincorporated parish and the Town of Jean Lafitte for the next 10 years. Without it, the Parish’s recreation system would suffer a tremendous funding loss.”

The report also shows support for the Jefferson Parish School Tax Renewal which would “preserve significant funding for school technology, a key component of classroom education in the Jefferson Parish public schools.”

The Bureau of Governmental Research is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization that is dedicated to gathering information on government and other public issues. Visit http://www.bgr.org/reports/on-the-ballot-jefferson-parish-taxes/ to view the report.

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