East Feliciana jurors raise workers’ pay 50 cents an hour

The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Tuesday approved pay raises of 50 cents an hour for its 23 employees that will cost the parish about $24,000.

The jury’s Personnel and Finance committees proposed the cost-of-living raises, while taking no action regarding merit raises for key personnel.

The parish also received about $186,000 in a severance tax check from its share of oil, gas and timber sales. The jury then voted to move the sum from the general fund into the road and bridge fund.

Parish financial adviser Phil Graham said the addition would increase the road and bridge fund total to $826,000.

The jury plans to seek matching grant funding that would go toward road improvement projects.

State Sen. Rick Ward III, D-Port Allen, informed jurors that the biggest potential legislative changes facing the state Legislature this spring involve the tax code, particularly Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate state personal and corporate income taxes.

Ward called the current plans “the least-organized administration effort” he has seen.

“It’s just a bunch of ideas tossed back and forth,” Ward said.