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Nov 19, 2013 10:07 AM by AP

Councilman plans to pursue tax for new jail

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Councilman Daniel Lorraine said he is going to seek a new tax to build a Lafourche Parish jail after voters rejected a library-tax swap that would have paid for it.

Lorraine tells The Daily Comet he's going to propose a 1.5 mill, 20-year tax. The money it generates would be used to build and operate a new jail.

The parish council must agree to put the measure on an upcoming ballot and voters must approve it before it would go into effect.

Lorraine says his aim is to get it the tax in place as quickly as possible. The first available election date is May 3.

The existing jail, built in 1968 and expanded in 1977, is in poor condition and suffers from chronic overcrowding.

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