Posted: Mar 22, 2013 7:39 AM by AP
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 7:39 AM
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - A package of two tax proposals is up for a vote in Iberia Parish on April 6 to help pay for a 26-mile levee to hold back hurricane storm surges.
On the ballot are a 5-mill property tax and a half-cent sales tax, which together would generate about $7 million a year to help pay for a levee project estimated at $420 million.
Ronald Gonsoulin, chairman of the parish's Levee, Hurricane and Conservation District, tells The Advocate several coastal restoration projects have been considered to rebuild the wetlands that can sap the strength of hurricanes, but those projects could be years in the making and protection is needed now.
He said the proposed levee project is the "quickest fix to protect the residents and economic value along the coast."
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com