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Livingston Parish School Board: "We want our land back!"

4 years ago February 10, 2011 Feb 10, 2011 Thursday, February 10 2011 Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:28:20 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

LIVINGSTON PARISH- A 100-year-old mistake could be corrected in Livingston Parish.

It involves land that was leased and the parish school board wants it back.  In each township, property is set aside for the school system.  It stays government property unless it's sold.  And even if it's leased, there's no grace-period where it can switch hands.

Right now, about 25 homeowners are in land-limbo on Aydell Road along Colyell Bay.  The school district says it's not looking to kick anybody off the land, yet.  It just wants the royalties from natural resources, like gas and timber, it missed out on for decades, because the district needs as much money as possible to get through these tough economic times.

School Board President Malcolm Sibley said, "There's probably some very good people down there that went through the proper channels, had titles done, bought land and stuff, paid taxes on it and this is not a real easy situation to deal with."

"It's a real kept secret in the state of Louisiana. We don't know why, but we think it's time to be brought out," said resident Ronald Picou.

The board is still unsure how it will go about getting what it's due.  The district's attorney is wrapping up proof research, including finding out how homeowners bought their property.  The board hopes to take the next step, which could be court, in the next month or two.

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