Bienville Parish Police Jury approves two resolutions

By Paige Nash

The Bienville Parish Police Jury held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 9, where they approved two resolutions.  

A resolution was made calling for a special election to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, to authorize the renewal of a sales and use tax of 1% that will be levied and collected from retail, use, lease or rental, consumption, storage for use or consumption, personal property and sales of service within the parish.  

The renewal of the 1% sales and use tax is estimated to collect an amount of $3,100,00 per year for a period of ten years. If the renewal is passed, collection of the tax will begin on July 1, 2024, and end June 30, 2034.  

The proceeds raised from this tax will be used to continue providing collection and disposal of solid waste for the residents of the parish, payment of contracts for this provision that includes, acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operation of equipment and necessary facilities.   

The remaining proceeds that are collected for the 1% sales and use tax will be used for constructing, improving and maintaining public roads and bridges in the parish.  

After discussion of the recent passing of Mr. Russell Davis, a second resolution was submitted by District #1 Juror Bill Sims to offer condolences to the Davis family on behalf of the BBPJ. Davis served as the Assistant District Attorney and Parish Attorney for the jury for many years.  

Davis passed away on February 6 after suffering from a brief illness. His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow, February 11 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church’s main sanctuary. A visitation will be held today, February 10, from 5-7 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral home in Ruston.  

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