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New Roads property tax battle heats up

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago July 19, 2013 Jul 19, 2013 Friday, July 19 2013 July 19, 2013 5:17 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Olivia LaBorde

NEW ROADS - Workers are paving streets all over New Roads and Connie Hurst's block is one of them.

"We needed to go wider, which I see that they're doing," she says, "It would benefit a lot."

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury says a measure it passed in April to nearly double the property taxes in New Roads will help pay for a project to overlay the roads throughout the parish.

As much as Hurst says she likes the improvements, she doesn't like being left out of the loop.

"Speaking for myself personally, I would want to vote on and pay an additional $50 or additional $25 or whatever," she says.

Robert Myer, the mayor of New Roads, feels the same way. He filed an injunction Thursday asking a judge to block the tax increase.

"This country was built on no taxation without representation and that's what I'm fighting," says Myer.

According to the Pointe Coupee Police Jury, the state constitution gives it the authority to impose up to a four mill property tax at any time, to be used for anything it wants. But there's a catch.

"If a city has one thousand or more residents, which New Roads has," explains Myer ," And has a system of street paving, then the parish is unconstitutional if they allow, if they levy this tax," he says.

The police jury says it knows about this law, and insists New Roads does not have a street paving system. Police jury leaders say this gives it the right to raise property taxes.

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