APPJ OKs call for ASL Hospital tax prop
After balking last month, the Acadia Parish Police Jury has approved a resolution calling a 10-mill tax election in the Acadia-St. Landry Hospital District.
The election will be held Saturday, July 25 (delayed from May 9 by coronavisur). The proposed tax is expected to generate an estimated $375,000 annually, those funds to be used in the construction of a new hospital facility.
At the February meeting, Juror A.J. “Jay” Credeur, who represents part of the hospital service district, said he would rather see the 10-mill proposal divided into a 7.64-mill renewal of an existing property tax and a 2.36-mill new tax.
That 7.64-mill tax is set to expire in 2022.
Cindy Walters, hospital CEO, argued that, in the event the 10-mill proposal is defeated, “we will still have plenty of time to put the 7.64-mill renewal on the ballot before it expires.”
But Credeur was adamant and asked that the jury at least delay the vote on the resolution until Juror Pat Daigle, who also represents a portion of the hospital service district, was in attendance to voice his opinion.
Daigle was absent from the February meeting for medical reasons.
No action was taken at that meeting and, coincidentally, it was Credeur who made the motion and Daigle who seconded to call for the 10-mill election at the March meeting.
The motion passed unanimously with Jimmie Pellerin absent.
If approved, the new tax will begin this year and end in 2029. Funds generated will be “for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping, maintaining and/or operating new and existing hospital, health care and related facilties ... and recruiting physicians and other healthcare professionals.”
The new tax will be “in lieu of and replacing” the existing 7.64-mill proposition currently being levied.
In other action, the police jury:
• approved the low bid of $38,339 submitted by Lagniappe, Inc., of Breaux Bridge for the construction of an awning for the Cooperative Extension Office;
• approved an emergency resolution relocating the Ward 3, Precinct 7 poll from Vautrot’s Convenience Store to the Church Point High / Elementary school cafeteria;
• approved an amendment to the parish ordinance relating to the operation of tow trucks removing the requirement that all truck be inspected by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office since inspections by Louisiana State Police are state mandated;
• heard updates on revisions to the airport hangar leases and the parish “nuisance properties” ordinance from Glen Howie, parish attorney; and
• proclaimed March 20 as Blinded Veterans Day.