PRESS RELEASE: December 2, 2020
SOLID WASTE SALES AND USE TAX
President Richmond and the Parish Council learned through news reports on Monday, November 30, 2020 that a sales and use tax voted on by Parish residents in 2010 is set to expire December 31, 2020. Expiration of this tax will result in the loss of funds specifically dedicated to the Parish’s solid waste fund unless the voters of the Parish approve its continued collection. Since no ballot initiative was put before the voters in 2019 or 2020, the continued collection of this tax beyond December 31st of this year would have to approved by the voters in 2021.
The Parish Council will consider calling an election for the tax at their December and January meetings. If approved at those meetings, the initiative will be sent to the State Bond Commission for approval. Once approved at the state level, the initiative can be placed on the April 24, 2021 ballot. If voters approve the continued collection of this tax to fund the solid waste department, the tax will become effective on July 1, 2021.
While the expiration of the tax will result in the loss of funds for the first half of 2021, there will be no interruption of services provided by the solid waste department. All bin sites will remain open and Parish residents will still be able to dump trash and limbs at the landfill free of charge.