BPPJ authorized 4.03 millage rate

By Paige Nash

Upon examining the results of the special election held on December 10, 2022, the Bienville Parish Police Jury authorized the tax continuation to levy a special tax of 4.03 mills on all property subject to taxation within the parish for a period of ten years, beginning in 2024 and ending in 2033. An estimated amount of $1,359,100 is expected to be collected from this levy per year.  

This millage increased by .07 mills compared to the 3.96 millage rate that was previously passed in 2012. 

919 votes were cast in favor of the proposition at the special election in December with 697 votes against.  

The funds collected from this millage will be used for purchasing equipment, supplies, maintenance, operation and support of all branches of the public library in the parish.  

The meeting also included an election of officers with Jerry Bates being re-elected to serve as President and Darryl Ryder also being re-elected as Vice-President.  

The monthly meetings will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. 

Other items approved by the jury include: 

  • Approval of the purchase of two 5’ x 40’ culverts to be installed on Jot Em Down Road. 
  • Approval of the proposed North Louisiana Crime Lab Budget for 2023 and the amendments for the 2022 budget. 
  • Approval of the request from Friendship Water System to commit the originally slated $250,000 for the Water Sector Program to match the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund project with pay increases for 2023 to begin on December 29, 2023. 
  • Appointment of Quincy Plunkett to the Fire Protection District No. 7 board and Anthony Hullaby to the Recreation District No. 2 board. 

The BPPJ will hold their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 8 at 9 a.m. at the Police Jury Meeting Room located at 100 Courthouse Drive, Suite 2100 in Arcadia, LA. The jury has plans to consider the adoption of a resolution ordering and calling an election to be held within the parish to authorize the renewal of a sales and use tax.  

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