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Bill could pave way for Ascension neighborhood tax

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GONZALES- A bill that will soon be at the Capitol could pave the way for the Ascension Council to approve a tax that would help fund new roads.

"If someone moves into a taxing district, they will know up front, it'll be on the plot map, that it will be a small millage on their property, and that would keep the roads up to date and in safe condition," said Senator Jody Amedee, of Gonzales, who is writing the bill.

Amedee stressed that if the bill is approved, it would take a council vote to create an ordinance to make a special district, and that no current residents would be subject to the tax.

"It's just one thing we can help do to try and help keep people from paying more, but the fact of the matter is we have to pay for the roads that we take in, the alternative is not take in any more roads," said Kent Schexnaydre, a parish councilman.

But some councilmen think a tax on new developments could stifle growth.

"Unless our goal is to make sure no one moves into the parish into new homes, then it's not a good idea," said Bryan Melancon, a parish councilman.

The bill is expected to be introduced to the legislature in the next few weeks.


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