Court upholds ruling on taxes for Comite diversion
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that property taxes funding the Comite River Diversion Canal project be sent to the district that oversees the project instead of being held in escrow. The high court made its decision even as a lawsuit challenging the tax collection is still playing out in court.
Terry Campbell, a property owner in Central, filed a lawsuit in state court in November 2010 claiming the Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District, improperly continued to collect money from a 3-mill property tax passed in July 2000 to fund the project.
The Comite River Diversion Canal project will lower flooding risks in the Comite River Basin by diverting floodwater from the Amite and Comite rivers to the Mississippi River.