Ascension council to vote on juvenile center tax
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council is expected to levy a 1-mill property tax on Thursday that will be dedicated toward housing the parish's juvenile offenders and potentially building a juvenile detention center in the parish.
The council currently pays to house the parish's juvenile offenders at the Assumption Parish Juvenile Detention Center and recently reached a deal with Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack to pay $130 per day per bed. The five-year deal guarantees the parish 10 beds in the center at an annual cost of $456,250.
The new tax is expected to generate about $950,000 annually, with any remaining monies to be banked to pay for the eventual construction of a detention center for youth in the parish.
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