Posted: Sep 12, 2011 6:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Documents show the quarter-cent sales tax that Livingston Parish voters rededicated to build and maintain a new jail isn't raising enough to cover those expenses.
The Advocate reports an independent accountant's report shows the jail tax fund has a deficit of more than $4.2 million,
Parish Treasurer Stuart Sonnier (SOHN'-yea) expects that amount to continue to grow as costs of running the new jail increase.
He says the tax does pay for the bonds sold to build the new jail, but isn't enough to pay for jail operations and prisoner expenses.
Records show the sales tax brings in about $3 million a year.