November 05, 2012
Ascension Parish has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, and residential and business expansion has meant pressure on the parish’s infrastructure.
That’s why we support a proposed, 25-year, half-cent sales tax on the Nov. 6 ballot that, if approved, would fund road and bridge improvements in parts of Ascension Parish.
The taxing district for the proposed tax does not include the municipalities of Sorrento, Gonzales and Donaldsonville, nor would the tax fund projects within those municipalities. Parish officials have included a detailed list of projects that would be funded by the tax. Supporters estimate that the tax will generate at least $8 million per year. The tax proposal allows for the issuance of bonds against future tax proceeds, which would allow the projects funded by the tax to be completed more quickly. Parish officials estimate that the tax proposal would yield $155 million in spending on parish transportation improvements.
Although parish officials are hopeful of at least some federal and state help in improving major roadways in Ascension Parish, they are right to assume that the primary responsibility for improving the parish’s traffic grid will have to be shouldered by parish residents.
We urge Ascension Parish voters to approve the tax.