Letters to the Editor
No. 4 good for state
The Eunice News:
On Tuesday, the voters of Louisiana will have their opportunity to vote on HB 420 (Act 932), which will be Constitutional Amendment No. 4 on the ballot. It is very important that voters approve this amendment. It is also very important that voters know it does not increase taxes, only the allocation amount to their parishes.
The Constitution presently provides that 20 percent of severance tax collection goes directly to the producing parish, not to exceed a cap of $850,000 per year. HB 420 by Rep. Gallot increased the cap to $1,850,000 effective July 1 next year, and then to $2,850,000 beginning on July 1, 2010.
The constitutional amendment requires that 50 percent of the additional revenues received above $850,000 must be used for improvements to the parish road system.
This legislation presents an opportunity for local governments across this great state to receive additional revenue for continuing to contribute to the energy needs of Louisiana and the entire nation.
These local governments have to deal with damage to their parish transportation infrastructure that is affected by the production of oil and gas that generates the severance tax for our state.
Additionally, the amendment requires 50 percent of the severance tax collected on state-owned lands in the Atchafalaya Basin, not to exceed $10 million, must be deposited into the Atchafalaya Basin Conservation Fund. It would require that 85 percent of these funds be used to restore, enhance and protect the natural resources of the basin through water management and access.
We ask that citizens vote for No. 4 on Tuesday to improve our state’s natural resources, roads and communities.
Rep. Karen St. Germain
Rep. Rick Gallot
Sen. Rob Marionneaux
Editor, The Eunice News:
I want to publicly thank Joey Trichell, the owner of Yard Maintenance, Inc. for being a conscientious neighbor and a valuable citizen of Eunice. On Oct. 9, Mr. Trichell notified the police after observing a strange man wandering through our neighborhood.
Through the action of Mr. Trichell and the determination of Officier Sebastian Noel, this thief was caught at the end of our neighborhood. Valuable items were returned to me and my neighbors.
If more neighbors would be as diligent as Mr. Trichell we could help our neighborhoods be a safer place to live.
Again, thank you, Mr. Trichell, for being my neighbor. A special “thank you” to Officer Noel, you are a blessing to the Eunice Police Department.