Iberia Parish Levee Taxes: Chairman says “We Will Regroup” - KLFY News 10

Iberia Parish Levee Taxes: Chairman says “We Will Regroup”

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Iberia Parish residents voted no to a five mill property tax and half-cent sales tax that would have supported a new levee system. The sales tax failed by a little over two hundred votes; the five mil tax failed by only twelve.

Chairman of the Iberia Levee District Ronald Gonsoulin said he was disappointed when he heard the news, but believes educating the public further could help them pass in the future.

"I think some residents didn't know the whole story. This money wasn't going to the parish council. It was only going to support the maintenance of the levee system and building." Gonsoulin said after year of erosion and damage to the wetlands, a levee is an important step in protecting the parish and residents.

"The coast has eroded so fast, and it's hard for us to undo that damage without it." Gonsoulin believes the taxes are not only about the levee system but could also benefit residents in the future.

"The results would be a levee, yes, but it could lower flood rates. It would offer protection. It would open a lot of doors and options that people didn't have before."

The plan estimated at $400 million still needs funding before they can secure permits and being working. Gonsoulin said he and the other members of the board plan to regroup and get the taxes on the ballots in October.

"I really hope the public reconsiders and takes another look at it."

 

Hope Ford

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