Town asks for tax on car note
KILLIAN - The town of Killian in Livingston Parish is looking for help paying the car note for a police vehicle, which may mean a tax so residents can help pitch in.
A dead battery sits inside a police cruiser outside the Killian Police Department, a sight Mayor Craig McGehee doesn't like to see.
"We want to make sure they've got reliable transportation," McGehee said.
He's asking for a half-cent sales tax from citizens to cover public safety, including monthly payments for vehicles.
"It's going to pay a police car note, that's what it's going to do," McGehee said. "Because we got in a bind with police vehicles all aging at the same time, needing maintenance at the same time."
McGehee said the town is starved for sales tax revenue. And the nearby restaurants and marinas along the Tickfaw River pay sales taxes to the parish.
A new Dollar General in town would be the only source of sales taxes. The mayor said the half-cent he proposes is less than what is charged in nearby cities where his citizens shop.
But not everyone in the town of 1,200 people sees it his way.
"We don't want to pay for cars, we got trouble paying for our own cars," said Killian resident Sharon Persilver.
McGehee said the issue is straightforward.
"Do you want the police to show up when you call?" he asked. "I'm sorry, it's really that simple."
Even the naysayers agree that local police is a good thing.
"I'm happy with the Killian Police Department," Persilver said. "They're good."
The Killian sales tax is scheduled for the November ballot.