Police Jury learns fate of 2022 tax values and grant applications

The good news was that the meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury that was held this past Tuesday, September 20th, at the Charles H Garrett Community Center in Jonesboro was that the meeting didn’t last that long. The bad news was that the information provided by the two special guests wasn’t exactly good news.

The session began with Jackson Parish Tax Assessor, Glen Kirkland, informing Todd Culpepper (|District 1), Amy Magee (District 3), John McCarty (District 4), Tarneshala Cowans (District 5), Regina Rowe (District 6 and President Lynn Treadway (District 7) that the tax values for 2002 were down by 4.6 percent.

First providing the positives of his report, Kirkland indicated that Real Estate and Personal Property tax values actually increased by 1.86% and 1.7% and that the tax roles had shown a 125 improvement from last year. The culprits causing the overall dip was the Oil and Gas and Public Service sectors that showed 7.71% and 11.89% declines respectively. Kirkland further stated that records show that 68 mobile homes, 25 site built homes, 31 miscellaneous structure and one gas well was added for the 2022 parish assesment. Following the report the Police Jury agreed to adopt the and uphold the assessment as presented.

Next up was Thomas Magee of Frye Magee Consultants and Developers LLC out of Ball, LA, who provided juror members views on the housing and community development needsin j in Jackson Parish. Magee also updated the position of the parishes application for funding under the State of Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) program.

To the dismay of the Jurors, Magee stated that the application for funds in 2022 never even reached a decision stage due to the many other projects across the state deemed more important. This was followed by the recommendation to reapply for 2023 funding. The Police Jury had hoped to gain funding from the state for help with repair of Tolar Street, Julius Erving Street and Gayla Drive.

In additional action Jurors heard reports from the various department heads and c onsidered allowing the Community Center for the LSU Ag Center and the Jackson Parish Clerk of Court office.

In c;losing, President Treadway announced that a meeting will be held on October 18th where Jurors will consider adopting a Resolution ordering and calling for an election to auithorize the renewal of an ad valoreum tax.

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