Menard will propose reallocation of solid waste tax

Prosperity is a matter of perspective.

The St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal Commission on May 31 had $1.8 million in the bank, compared to $1.5 million the same date last year.

Parish President Don Menard says that indicates the Commission has more than enough revenue every year and he wants some of it to help with his parish-wide road improvement program.

Commissioners, include Gardie McManus of Eunice, say he’s wrong.

They note operating costs have exceeded revenues by $550,000 the first five months of this year and that that trend will eat away at the reserve diligently compiled over the years.

At a special committee meeting on Tuesday night, Menard told the commission he doesn’t need its approval to seek a reapportionment of the sales tax that funds the district.

Menard plans to asked the parish council to call a referendum asking voters to change the way the Solid Waste District tax is allocated.

He also intends to ask the council for a referendum seeking to merge various road districts into one and levying a single road tax parish-wide.

The subject was not an individual item on the agenda for Wednesday night’s June council meeting.

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