Police Jury to discuss library millage request

By T. Scott Boatright

Talk about taxes will be two of the items on the agenda as the Lincoln Parish Police Jury holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

Considering and taking action to adopt a resolution ordering and calling a special election to be on Oct. 9 ask voters to authorize the levy of a new 10-year, 4.49 mill library tax.

The Lincoln Parish Library’s request to renew its previous millage rate of 5.85 during an election held last December as turned down by voters. The previous millage rate of 5.99 was renewed by parish voters for 10 years in 2010.

In another discussion about taxes, the LPPJ is slated to discuss and take action on a resolution opposing state centralized sales tax collection. A public hearing on the matter will be held before jurors discuss and decide on action on the resolution.

The centralized sales tax collection issue has been raised in past legislative sessions and has been called by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder as the top issue of the upcoming session. Sales taxes are currently collected by school boards of each parish, making Louisiana only one of three states in the country that does not have a centralized sales tax collection system along with Colorado and Hawaii.

Driving the push for a centralized sales tax collection system is the rise in online commerce and how those out-of-state companies make sales tax payments to the state and not to the local governing bodies.

That has some state governmental entities concerned that the state of Louisiana’s current budget issues do not offer prospects for the Department of Revenue to have sufficient resources to provide the necessary taxpayer assistance, enforcement programs and training of its employees on the specific application or local sales and use tax ordinances without significant cost contributions from local governments, thereby resulting in the direct and indirect loss of local tax receipts.

Another concern over the passage of a potential centralized sales tax collection is potentially jeopardizing future bond issues. Many local taxing authorities have issued bonded indebtedness guaranteed by the passage of locally adopted sales and use tax levies with those collection levies currently being the direct responsibility of local governments and the fear that a transfer of that responsibility to a state agency could generate legal issues and negatively affect future bond issues.

A public hearing will also be held to gather feelings on the housing and community development needs of the parish and to discuss submitting an application for funding under the state fiscal year 2022/23 from the Community Development Block Grant Program.

In other business, the LPPJ will consider:
• Acting on an appointments to the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority and the parish Library Board
• Accepting bids on two railroad tank car culverts (10’x60′) and two transfer trailers
• Authorizing advertisement for asphalt
• Authorizing approval of a new Lincoln Parish Police Jury logo design
• Discussing and taking action if necessary on a cooperative endeavor agreement with 4 PAWS
• Introducing an ordinance for sale of adjudicated properties
• Adoption of an ordinance for sale of adjudicated properties
• Adoption of a resolution for the creation of a Lincoln Parish Broadband Commission
• Adoption of a resolution setting forth a 25 mph speed limit on Baxter Road
• Adoption of cellphone/tablet use policy
• Adoption of a LPPJ purchasing policy
• Adoption of an updated vehicle use policy

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