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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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This is not a new tax

This is not a new tax

On November 6, three tenths of a penny will be on the ballot for garbage and trash pickup. This includes all unincorporated areas of the parish and Lockport and Golden Meadow. Thibodaux is not included.

In 1986 a one-cent sales tax was passed in these areas of the parish for garbage and trash. In a short period of time a 17-million dollar surplus was generated.

On 1997 the council choose to roll back three tenths of a penny to bring it down seven tenths. The parish saved the taxpayers 66 million dollars of taxes not being collected. This surplus lasted 21 years and now we need the three tenths to bring it back to a penny where it was at in 1986.

We would like to continue giving the service we have without making cut backs. The parish has to continue paying the contractor till 2019, we have no choice. This will cost the taxpayers 30 cents on every $100 purchase.

This is a sales tax and 20 to 30% of the people who do not live here will also pay this tax. I would appreciate your consideration on voting yes for this on November 6.

Daniel Lorraine

Golden Meadow