Bossier Parish to consider tax renewal for correctional facilities

A public meeting has been scheduled for August 5 in the Bossier Parish Police Jury meeting room to authorize the renewal of a 3.08 mill ad valorem tax that helps provide funding for Bossier Parish correctional facilities.

Any member of the public who wishes to address the police jury on the tax and its funding mechanisms may speak to the issue during the meeting.

Funds from the property tax are used for maintaining and operating the correctional facilities including transportation and medical care for prisoners.

Police Jury members authorized a resolution calling for the meeting on the 10-year renewal of the tax at Wednesday’s meeting.

Prior to Wednesday’s regular meeting, members of the jury’s newly formed broadband study committee discussed having Internet providers come to the panel and give an overview of the possibility of connectivity in the parish.

Parish Attorney Patrick Jackson told the committee the most important thing for a public body to consider before getting involved in providing such services is providing an economical case for the infrastructure.

“It’s like an enterprise zone, or an enterprise fund,” Jackson explained. “The idea is that it must support its own cost. What industry had done at the Legislature in order to make it fair is, for government to get involved they have to ensure that whatever investment they made had to be paid back by the users.”

Parish Administrator Bill Altimus, who is appointed by the governor to serve on a statewide broadband study committee, said a purpose of the committee is to study “…what can we do in the public and private sector to remove the barriers…” for broadband availability.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, jury members: 

  • Approved the application of Andrew Craig, Mohr & Associates, Inc., to the Bossier City-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission, for a zoning amendment to change the zoning classification of a certain tract of land being 1.00 acre, more or less, located directly east of Johnny’s Pizza and across Highway 80 East from Brookshires Grocery from R-A, Residence-Agricultural District, to B-3, General Business District, for a proposed Bunn Package Liquor Store with drive-through frozen daiquiri sales. 
  • Approved the application of Andrew Craig, Mohr & Associates, Inc., to the Bossier City-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission, for a conditional use approval for the sale of high and low content alcohol for off-premise consumption at a proposed liquor store with drive-through frozen daiquiri sales, located directly east of Johnny’s Pizza and across Highway 80 from Brookshires Grocery.
  • Approved the minor plat for Redhead Properties, LLC.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on August 5 to consider abandonment of Sheppard Road.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on August 5 to consider approval of the site plan for Rosedale Playground, located on Lot 8000, Rosedale Place subdivision, Unit No. 8.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on August 5 to consider approval of a minor platy for Fernwood Estates subdivision, Unit 4.
  • Completed a 28-day review of property located at 2774 Bellevue Road, Haughton and granted a 30-day extension. 
  • Accepted report on meeting of the Property Standards Board of Review and agreed to take two properties to condemnation hearing.
  • Accepted report on meeting of the Broadband Study Committee.
  • Accepted report on meeting of the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District No. 1 Board of Appeals.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing and/or ratifying the Bossier Parish Police Jury to acquire and/or expropriate all parcels, tracts, properties or servitudes required for the Johnson Koran Road bridge over Foxskin Bayou project, Bossier Parish, including but not limited to parcels 1-1-C-1, 1-1-C-2, 1-1-D-1 and 1-1-D-2, and authorize the Parish Administrator to execute any and all documents, instruments, or affidavits that may be necessary or convenient to said acquisition and/or expropriation, including a certificate of authorization to expropriate. 
  • Approved change order No. 1 for West Linton Road Extension.
  • Approved proposal of Coyle Engineering Co., Inc., for engineering and surveying services for Linton Cutoff Road (First curve south of Highway 162).
  • Approved proposal of Owen Engineering, LLC, for professional engineering services for North Bossier Shared Use Trail–Phase II.