Mar 26, 2013 1:42 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The St. Landry Parish Council will ask for public input on a proposed 2-cent sales tax to improve roads in rural areas. Public hearings should begin in coming weeks, St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot said. "We'd like to meet with as many people before the May deadline to get it on the October ballot," he added. The parish council says there are 800 miles of rural roads in the parish, and 700 miles need improvement.
The 2-cent sales tax would pay for road improvements in rural areas of the parish, and only voters who live in those unincorporated areas will vote on the proposal in the Fall. "We have, in St. Landry Parish, no income strictly dedicated to road improvements. This will be strictly dedicated to road improvements," Fontenot said.
Unless there's a new resource, such as this, St. Landry Parish will remain with a very deficient road system, Fontenot said.
After the last public meeting, the council will vote whether to add the proposal to the October ballot. If the proposal is approved, voters will head to polls Oct. 19.