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Residents propose making Prairieville a city

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Posted: Oct 22, 2012 6:31 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 22, 2012 6:31 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: prairieville, city, incorporation, ascension, parish, government

PRAIRIEVILLE- A proposal to incorporate a section of Ascension Parish into a city government could one day come to a vote.

The proposal would incorporate the Prairieville area into a city, allowing the newly formed government to collect sales taxes and millages.

"Incorporating Prairieville gives the local community the chance to govern themselves, on issues such as road, tax, sewage, population, development, the way the area would be developed," said Milton Clouatre, who is spearheading the proposal.

Clouatre says the city wouldn't increase millages or sales tax and would keep its "country" feel.

"We feel we can do much more with the revenues that we'd be taking in, and most of all spending it wisely, we feel like that revenue is not spent in a wise manner and that money can come back to this area and we can take care of ourselves," said Clouatre.

Not everyone is on board with the idea.

"I'm a firm believer in 'if it's not broke, don't fix it,'" said Warren Brunies, who lives in Prairieville. "If you do that you're going to have more government and more politicians, I'm not a big fan of more politicians."

"It would take taxes away from the parish, so for me it wouldn't be advantageous for people outside the area, so I would be more against it than for it," said Toddy Nathansen, who lives outside the proposed boundaries of Prairieville.

It would take a petition of 25 percent of residents to put the proposal to a vote. If it hits the ballot, only residents in the proposed area would get to vote.

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