Police jury blocks delay in tax election

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Posted: Feb 18, 2010 6:25 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Vermilion Parish, police jury, block, tax, election, coastal protection, funding, federal, levees, Hurricane Rita

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has voted to block an attempt by Juror Mark Poche to delay a special March election that calls for a 5.7 mill tax for coastal storm protection.

Potential revenue from the tax, if passed, is expected to be used as leverage to sell $20 million in bonds for coastal protection.

Poche said Wednesday he had problems with the measure, including: there is no firm plan in place, and there are 6-foot levees proposed for areas that Hurricane Rita flooded with a 15-foot storm surge in 2005.

The move to halt the election was blocked by Juror Gerald Butaud, who said the jury had to take action or risk losing millions in state and federal matching grant funds for future projects.

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