It's been a long time coming and now St. Landry Parish will soon see some much needed road improvements.
Over the weekend, a two cent sales tax increase passed with sixty one percent of voter approval. That tax is dedicated to improving over 700 miles of roads throughout that parish. For the next 15 years the unincorporated areas will have a sales tax at 9.55 percent, currently it's at 7.55 percent. This is the first sales tax increase in that parish strictly dedicated to road repairs.
According to Parish President Bill Fontenot, he thinks people got to their tipping point of living in an area where the roads are so bad. Fontenot goes on to say that now people will not only be promised that roads will be repaired but it is now a law they have to be repaired.
Money from the two cent sales tax increase is expected to generate almost 8 million dollars in the first year. Road repairs are expected to begin next summer with the biggest question, where to begin?