The members of the Leesville city council voted unanimously to inform the voters that it will be seeking passage for two taxes currently on the books in an election in May of next year.
The members of the Leesville city council voted unanimously to inform the voters that they will be seeking passage for two taxes currently on the books in an election in May of next year.
According to the council, it will meet in open session at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at City Hall to consider calling an election for two tax renewals, urging the public to attend.
The first renewal is a 10-year, half-cent sales and use tax for the purpose of improving, operating and maintaining the public safety services within the city. The tax specifically provides funding to “acquire necessary police and fire protection equipment and other facilities so as to increase the level of services and protection in the city.”
Additionally, this renewal will allow for the funding of salary hikes for police and fire department workers, including benefits, so as to maintain a consistent level of training and experience within both of these departments.
The second tax renewal proposition would be for the levying and collection of an ad valorem property tax millage of 4.25 mills for the purpose of construction, operation and maintenance of sewer and sewer disposal, along with other works of public improvement within the city.
Both of these will be published in the city’s official journal, the Leesville Daily Leader, on Dec. 7.
In addition to announcing the consideration of the two tax renewals, a pair of ordinances was introduced, including the annexation of Gene Koury Road, which is located on La. 8 heading west.
In other news from the city council,
• a resolution was passed allowing for the city to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Vernon Parish Police Jury in regards to providing for road grading services for gravel roads;
• Patricia Bursh was unanimously appointed to serve as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission Board; and
• a resolution authorizing the sale of scrap iron at the Public Works Building to the highest paying local salvage yard was unanimously approved.