The 2021 Ad Valorem Tax Millage rates won’t be any higher. They won’t be any lower either. They will be just where they were the year before for the six entities that fall under the jurisdiction of the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ), which for one, was a very welcome bit of news.
This action was one of several agenda items that was approved by the JPPJ during their regularly scheduled meeting that was held on Monday at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center in Jonesboro. Jeff Hairston opened the session by asking the panel to consider an Adopt-A-Road / Adopt-A-Spot program.(see more in separate article) Following came recommendations from the various committee’s, a reduction of directors to a certain parish board, approval of a new polling location and authorization to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.
No one was happier throughout the meeting held at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center than the representatives of the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) that were in attendance. First, they learned their millage rates would remain the same then heard President Amy Magee officially state no election would be called that would have asked the public to decide to take one million dollars from the Library fund to give to the Solid Waste Department.
In regard to the millage rates, they were approved in a roll call vote by Lewis Chatham, Amy Magee (President), John McCarty, Tarneshela “Niki” Cowans, Regina Rowe and Lynn Treadway, representing Districts 2-7. District One representative Todd Culpepper was absent. Rates adopted are as follows:
|Road & Bridges||5.23|
|Roads, Asphalt, Paving||4.55|
|Library & Bookmobile||4.90|
The activities of the bin site on Hwy 148 will be temporarily suspended pending further review of how the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) grant funding can be used. This came at the recommendation of the Operations Committee who also saw their request granted to authorize an appraisal on the timber and land for the landfill expansion.
Two Superintendent reports were then heard beginning with Jody Stuckey (Road) stating that $3,678.37 was spend on emergency call out for the month of July. He also reported that major asphalt repairs were performed on the following roads: Holly Drive, Pallett, Rayburn Loop, Keppler Creek, Mt. Zion, Collin, Ed Barnes, Evergreen, Kilpatrick, Spillway and Sharp roads.
Robin Sessions (Solid Waste) then followed by stating that their was a drop in tonnage that had been processed in July compared to previous months. Parish Engineer, Mr. Paul Riley of Riley Company in Ruston, then followed by identifying Rosco Road and Harris Loop as areas where work has begun.
It was then agreed by a unanimous roll call vote to reduce the number of directors on the Jackson Parish Heritage Museum Board from ten (10) to seven (7) and to appoint Tracy Rushing to the District 4 Fire Board for a two year term. In final actions, the polling location for precincts 17, 17A & 18 was changed from the Hodge Annex Building to the Hodge Town Hall and JPPJ President Magee was authorized to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Office of Veteran’s Affairs.
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