Some in Tangipahoa to decide drainage items

Voters in the Roseland, Amite and Independence areas will be asked to approve two millage propositions on the Dec. 8 ballot supporting drainage work.

Tangipahoa Parish’s Gravity Drainage District No. 4 — which is bounded by La. 10 to the north, La. 40 to the south, the Tangipahoa River to the east and the parish line to the west — is seeking renewal of a pair of ad valorem taxes that fund drainage work and canal clearing, said board member James “Rube” Ardillo.

A five-year, 2-mill tax running from 2013 to 2017 would be split, half to maintenance and operations of the drainage district and half to construction, according to the proposition. The millage is projected to generate $76,000 annually.

A 10-year, 3-mill tax running from 2013 to 2022 would go toward maintenance, construction and other improvements to the district’s drainage works. It would generate an estimated $115,000 annually.

Both millage renewals are necessary to fund the work of the Drainage District, which is operated by a five-member board, Ardillo said.

“That’s the way we maintain our canals to keep people from flooding,” he said.

Most people do not notice the work of the Drainage District, but would surely notice if the district ceased to operate, he said.