LIVINGSTON – A plan to put tax proposals for two gravity districts before voters will highlight the Livingston Parish Council meeting at 6 tonight (May 11) .

If approved, voters would decide on the proposals on the Nov. 18 ballot.

The resolutions would call for an eight-mill tax for Gravity Drainage District 7, which covers the area from Walker South, into the Port Vincent, French Settlement, Maurepas and Springfield.

The millage would generate approximately $800,000 per year, according to Larry O'Neil, chairman of  District 7.

The district has operated as a non-funded entity since its inception just over a year ago.

The plan for District 6 would  ask voters to approve two propositions – a 5-mill property tax and a half-cent sales tax. The area covers the portion of Walker north of Interstate 12, eastward to the Tangipahoa Parish line.

The proposal would not include the City of Walker, which operates its own drainage program. It would also exclude the Livingston Parish Industrial Park, where Waste Management and Martin Brower.

If approved, the millage would funnel around $300,000 per year.  

District 6 has operated for several years, but as a non-funded entity. Voters nixed a millage proposal for the district several years ago.

Approval of the millages would bring gravity drainage parishwide for the first item in Livingston Parish history.

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