No Taxes, But New Lafourche Jail Would Still Cost Millions
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Lafourche Parish officials have a plan to build a $22 million jail without new taxes, but the proposal could affect the Lafourche Council on Aging and the public library system.
The Daily Comet reports that the proposal calls for reallocating some of the property taxes going to the Lafourche Council on Aging to a new “Parish Detention Center Fund.”
Charlene Rodriguez, Council on Aging director, said she hasn’t taken a position on the proposal, but a rededication of the tax money would impede planned improvements to services.
The jail proposal also would divert some of the property tax money now going to the parish library system. The director of parish libraries says the system has a current surplus but also is dealing with state budget cuts.