THIBODAUX, Louisiana — 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 (http://bit.ly/IefnzD ) 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, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
Lorraine's proposal follows voters' rejection of a tax swap that would have taken 3.8 mills of library tax money and used it to build and maintain a new jail. The issue, on Saturday's ballot, failed by a vote of 4,601 to 3,958, or 56 percent to 46 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Secretary of State's Office.
The existing jail, built in 1968 and expanded in 1977, is in poor condition and suffers from chronic overcrowding.
Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com