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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Legislative session could impact future SLLD revenues

Legislative session could impact future SLLD revenues

The South Lafourche Levee District Board of Commissioners convened its April public meeting on Monday in Galliano to consider several measures, most importantly its 2015 millage rates.

A resolution calling for approval of nearly 10 mills for the purpose of “levee operations, repairs, maintenance and improvements” passed unanimously. Commissioner Mitch Danos was absent.

One mill is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000 of assessed property value.

SLLD General Manager Windell Curole noted the Louisiana State Legislative session, begun this week in Baton Rouge, may have an impact on future levee district revenues.

“There are a number of possible bills including considering the homestead exemption limit and some other rollbacks which could affect our taxes in this legislative session,” said Curole.

He promised to keep the board informed of changes as the session continues in the State Capitol.

In other comments, Curole informed the board that the Ted Gisclair Lock floodgates are back in place and fully operational. The gates were repainted recently and raised to a height of 13 feet to match the height of adjacent levees in the Larose area.

The board also took the following action:
- approved the low bid of $210,000 for the purchase of a 60-foot long reach excavator;

- approved the hiring of Ray A. Collins, as SLLD board attorney;

- approved a letter of support for the Elevated LA1 project’s proposed method for crossing the SLLD levee below Golden Meadow;

- recognized the Draft 2015 Report by the Coastal Louisiana Levee Consortium whose goal is to utilize the expertise of people who have practical knowledge of levee building to construct protective barriers in a more economical way;

- approved nearly $500,000 in pay requests for several ongoing levee projects throughout the district;

- discussed the Larose Floodwall project, which continues the wall along the south bank of the Intracoastal Waterway up to Bayou Lafourche near Holy Rosary Catholic Church (the project is in bid phase and should begin in May 2015);

- entered Executive Session to consider pending litigation.