Ascension Parish roads could be overlooked until Parish sees more funding

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POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:47pm

A failed tax increase could prevent roads in Ascension Parish from seeing necessary repairs. Officials say the failure to pass the one cent tax increase in November 2012 is putting a halt to road repair projects.

To deal with money issues, the parish president is currently asking for an ordinance that would prevent the addition of new road projects unless the developers reimbursed the parish. This means the growing area of Ascension Parish will have to deal with the roads they have until something is changed.

Residents say, that's not good enough.

"You have to buy tires soon you have to get your breaks fixed and stuff like that. It’s because of the roads," says Artimus Bush. "There are people that need their cars to get to work. We don't have a bus system to get us around, so we depend on our car.”

Others believe the parish just needs to reallocate their funds to solve the problem.

"Priorities. We have to prioritize ourselves, you know," says Marchand Jones.

Jones knows the area is growing, but says there is no excuse.

"They need a little more widening out ‘cause they getting big. We’re a baby city now. We’re not no country town any more, so we need to side more stuff out because we have more traffic coming through," noted Jones.

Both Artimus and Marchard say they would even pay an extra tax, if it was introduced again.
"We already pay extra money for other stuff we really don't use so I don't think it would be a problem paying taxes on something we really need to use. I don't think it would be a problem with me," said Bush.

"I don't know how people make a big deal about money anyway. It’s just money, spend it," said Jones.

The current budget is about $7.5 million dollars for road construction and maintenance. The failed tax would have raised an additional $150 million over 25 years.

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