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Jul 5, 2013 1:15 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Lafourche officials want library money for jail

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish officials say they may ask voters to decide whether taxes approved for the library system should go to a new jail instead.

The Daily Comet reports that administrators and Parish Council members could have a proposal ready by the council's July 23 meeting.

The cost for a 600-bed jail has been estimated at $20 million. Parish President Charlotte Randolph says there's no money to build a jail.

Parish auditor Tommy Lasseigne has said the library system has $7 million in reserves.

Library Board Director Laura Sanders says the system needs it, especially in light of last year's state cuts.

Councilman Lindel Toups says he's sure voters would approve taking up to $7 million and a percentage of future library tax revenues for a new jail.

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