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Juban Crossing bill on governor's desk

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BATON ROUGE - The Juban Crossing shopping development off I-12 in Livingston Parish is closer to getting state money.

SB50 by Sen. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston, is on the governor's desk. The bill seeks taxpayer money to pay for infrastructure improvements, funded by $30 million in bonds purchased earlier this year.

"We want this to help develop our parish, we want our tax base here," said resident Gladys Ford. "We're tired of spending our taxes for purchases in Baton Rouge and Hammond."

Parish leaders say the legislation will not speed up construction, but it will provide more money for upscale options, something the parish hopes will help them grow.

"We want to just be able to keep up," said Sheriff Jason Ard. "This was going to give us an avenue to keep up for what the future holds for Livingston Parish."

Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durban says this bill is necessary to move the development forward.

"Not to mention the revenue from income, from salaries, from construction, from sales tax dollars, that would come to Livingston Parish," said Durban.

The governor says he's reviewing the legislation. He vetoed a similar bill for Juban Crossing last year.


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