Officials of juvie jail plan to draft less confusing tax renewal
ROBERT - Officials of the juvenile jail that handles care of incarcerated youth in three area parishes and New Orleans' North Shore hope to sell voters on a less confusing tax renewal.
In November, voters in the area of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center denied a tax renewal to fund the center. The jail is on Highway 190 east of Hammond and a stone's throw from the St. Tammany - Tangipahoa Parish line. Taxes from St. Helena, Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Washington pay for the operation. Sixty-two percent of voters denied the tax.
Without the renewal, officials estimate the center can last about 16-months. A spokesperson said the board of directors hope to get the renewal on a ballot in 2016 and will educate voters about the funding.
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