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Watchdog group recommends JP voters renew taxes they already voted against

By Paul Murphy


September 30, 2013

METAIRIE, La. — Jefferson Parish voters will be asked to decide whether to continue the current property tax millage rates of 3.58 mills for Consolidated Sewerage District No. 1 and 3.54 mills for Waterworks District No. 1 for the next 10 years.

They are the same tax renewal propositions defeated by voters during the May 4, election.

Monday, the independent budget watchdog group, Bureau of Governmental Research released a study providing an analysis for why voters should support both propositions.

BGR says the waterworks tax is “a long-standing component of funding the water system in Jefferson Parish and eliminating it would case serious problems.”

BGR says if that tax is not renewed, “the parish will lose the sole recurring source of capital improvements for its water system.”

Likewise, BGR says if the sewer tax is not renewed, “the parish will lose critical funding for daily operations and maintenance of the sewer system.” BGR also states that “the parish would lose the opportunity to pursue low-interest loans for capital projects.”

Jefferson Parish leaders are holding two public forums to discuss the upcoming millage election.

East Bank: October 2, 6:30PM, Council Chambers-Joseph S. Yenni Building, Elmwood.

West Bank: October 3, 6:30PM, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

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