LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish leaders began the long process of using acres and acres of undeveloped land along I-12 in council meeting Thursday evening.
"The problem is our tax dollars and our jobs still go outside of the parish bottom line," said Councilman Ricky Goff.
Goff and other leaders considered an ordinance that would take 75 percent of each penny raised from a sales tax from the district containing Juban Crossing and give it to the developer for the construction of roads in and out of the area.
"If you want to buy a watch other than a Timex or a brand that Wal-Mart carries you can't even buy a watch in this parish. We desperately need this but I think 75 percent of that one percent is too much," said Councilman Jim Norred.
Scott Crawford the attorney for the developer, addressed concerns and assured the council that the tax for roads would pay for itself and then some
"Once those roads are built then those surplus funds are going to go back to the parish to do with as you please," said Crawford.
The discussion surrounding the sales tax for the Juban Crossing project was just that a discussion. A vote to adopt that three quarter of a percent sales tax cannot come before the council's scheduled meeting on July 25.