St. Landry

Oct 8, 2013 8:53 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

St. Landry officials work to pass road tax

After 38 years as a highway engineer with the state Department of Transportation, Bill Fontenot said he knows a bad road when he sees one.
Now as St. Landry Parish president, Fontenot says the parish has more deteriorating roads and potholes than his road maintenance crews can possibly afford to fix.
Fontenot says the solution for the problem is an Oct. 19 two-cent sales tax proposal for voters living in the unincorporated areas of the parish.
If passed, Fontenot said, the proposed sales tax will generate an estimated $7 million annually over a period of 15 years. He said that's enough to repair and overlay every parish road, regardless of whether the road is now gravel or hard surfaced.

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