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Police Jury hires attorney in New Roads tax fight

3 years 3 months 1 day ago July 24, 2013 Jul 24, 2013 Wednesday, July 24 2013 July 24, 2013 6:52 AM in News

NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has hired an attorney to defend the parish against a lawsuit the city of New Roads filed after the jury moved to impose a tax increase on city residents to pay for street and road improvements.

The jury voted 9-1 Tuesday night to have attorney Dannie Garrett represent the parish in New Roads Mayor Robert Myer's legal challenge.

For 17 years, New Roads and Livonia property owners were paying 1.71 mills each - half what everyone else in parish paid - in annual road taxes.

But since the parish also spent millions on roadwork in both municipalities, the Police Jury recently felt justified in requiring New Roads residents to pay the full 3.42-mill tax rate.

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