LIVINGSTON – A proposed fee for mosquito abatement will go before voters in Districts 2 and 3, and a millage for Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 11 will go up for renewal on the east side of the parish in elections this spring.
The Livingston Parish Council approved the measures for the May 4 ballot during their Jan. 10 meeting.
The mosquito abatement district would levy and collect a service charge not to exceed $3.00 per month. The revenue would pay for the costs of abatement and control programs within the district.
The vote proposal is being brought before the council by members Garry Talbert and Maurice "Scooter" Keen, the respective representatives of Districts 2 and 3.
District 4 Councilman John Wascom, who represents the Denham Springs area, cast the lone dissenting vote on the mosquito abatement proposal.
He accused council members Garry Tablert and Maurice Keen – representatives of Districts 2 and 3 – of putting the measure before voters on a small ballot that would result in a low turnout and possibly giving it a greater chance of passing.
Talbert said he and Keen had no other option because state grant qualification for parts of the program required proof of recurring funding, which would not come before the summer deadline to qualify for the grants.
“Personally, I’d have preferred an October vote because we already have to walk the streets in the fall for that election, so we could have done both at one time,” he said.
The proposal for Fire District 11 – which covers the easternmost portion of the parish – calls for renewal of the 10-mill property tax for a period of 10 years.
The millage will cover the purchase of fire trucks and other firefighting equipment, along with acquisition and construction of a building to house the equipment. The facility would also serve as an office and communications center for the district.
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