Webster Parish Police Jury passes $25M budget

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The Webster Parish Police Jury unanimously passed its 2016 proposed budget as is Monday.

The jury passed the roughly $25 million budget with no fanfare as it moves forward into the new year. Sources of revenue include ad valorem tax, sales tax, occupational license tax, fines and forfeitures, code management, general government and the Webster Parish Library.

State sources include revenue sharing, video poker, alcoholic beverage tax, general severance tax, fire insurance rebate, grant funds, capital outlay, royalties and public safety. Federal resources include parish transportation, Office of Community Services and FEMA/Office of Emergency Preparedness.

All of these sources equal roughly $25 million.

Expenses include legislative, judicial, financial, elections, public safety/corrections, public works, health and welfare, economic development, grants (federal and state), capital expenditure, recreation, library, library debt service, general government and other/contingent.

All these expenditures total roughly $25 million to balance it out.

The jury also approved the mowing contract, which went to BLC Farms, bidding $120 per mile.
Board appointments approved included:

  • Springhill Fire District 11: Daniel Barnard and Lisa Smith to the board and Tanya Capps as president, Brittany Gaddis as vice president and Tammy Carathers as secretary.
  • Sarepta Fire District 5: Jeff Franklin as board president for one year, reappointed Roger Schumacher and Jim Bell to the board representing the parish.
  • Appointed Mickey Chandler to fill the unexpired term of Bernard Hudson.

The jury also approved the following video poker permits:

  • Timberland Truck Stop LLC
  • Minden Truck Stop and Casino
  • Two Jacks Casino and
  • Pot O’ Gold.

Beer permits to the following companies were also approved:

  • n Timberland Truck Stop LLC
  • n Sawmill Lounge
  • n Springhill Country Club
  • n Shongaloo Cross Roads Lounge
  • n Shongaloo Cross Roads Deli and
  • n E-Z Mart #117

The next board meeting will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the board meeting room on the second floor of the Webster Parish Courthouse. Committee meetings will be at 9 a.m. on the third floor in the police jury office.

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