Vernon Parish voters on Saturday approved shifting use of proceeds from a previously passed property tax. On Monday, the Police Jury approved spending for the the kind of use voters signed off on.
The timing was coincidental, but the point well taken.
On Saturday, voters said yes, by a narrow margin but yes nevertheless, to securing a bond issue with funds provided by a tax most recently used to build the new jail. Revenue from the bond issue will be used to repair and maintain public buildings.
On Monday, police jurors approved a $6,400 quote to replace the air conditioning unit at the parish health unit. The AC unit went kaput last week, the latest unplanned but not unexpected such event.
The vote Saturday gives the jury permission to issue $1.5 million in bonds, secured over their 15-year life by a property tax first approved years ago.
About 4,700 voters went to the polls in Saturday’s primary, with 51.4 percent saying yes to the rededication of the property tax proceeds.
David and Lisa Broyles appeared at the meeting to ask the jury what can be done about what they labeled “substandard” ditch work along Catfish Hut Road. They appeared before the jury in 2015 with essentially the same issue — the boom mower damaging the ditch embankment.
It has happened again, defacing the property and creating erosion issues, they said.
Jurors said the issue is primarily one of aging equipment and operator inexperience.
Jury President Jim Tuck told the couple that the jury will look into what can be done.