Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:56 AM by AP
NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has postpone a vote on a proposed drainage fee after members were unable to agree on how best to handle the parish's looming financial woes.
Jury President Melanie Bueche had asked jurors in October to consider approving a $5 per month drainage impact fee on residences throughout the parish to ward off a possible $600,000 annual shortfall in the $1.2 million drainage fund.
The proposed fee would generate about $525,000 annually.
But the jury put off acting on the proposed ordinance on a 9-3 vote Tuesday after several jurors said they wouldn't support drainage impact fees because doing so would put yet another financial burden on low-income residents.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com