Police Jury discusses tax exemption

The Red River Parish Police Jury met on November 1 at 10:00 a.m. The agenda covered the regular budget items, road repair, routine ambulance items, and airport maintenance. Three groups of visitors addressed the Police Jury in the committee meeting.

The first, Paul Vancleave, represented Access2day Health Insurance. He introduced what Access2day Health offered for personnel insured by the Police Jury. The second was Karen Squires, President of the Coushatta-Red River Chamber of Commerce. Squires addressed the jury on the installation of Christmas lights on the courthouse, petitioned for help with sidewalk barriers for Front Street for the Christmas Parade, and the possibility of the chamber working with the Tourism Association.

The third group of visitors to appear before the police jury were representatives of the Tax Exemption program for Louisiana and ADA Carbon. On the agenda for this meeting was the tax exemption application for ADA Carbon expansion. After many questions and discussions, the jury informed the group that they would be deferring the decision on the tax exemption until the next regular meeting. The Sheriff and the Superintendent of Red River Parish Schools also attended the packed meeting. Both officials asked questions and expressed their desire for more information. The School Board will hear the proposal in their next regular meeting on November 13.

The regular meeting began 5 minutes after the committee meeting ended. Most visitors and spectators left the meeting, and voting on the agenda items went quickly. The minutes of October 2023 were approved. The tax exemption decision was put on the agenda for December 6, and the bills were paid. The employee supplement increased by $500, and administrator Jessie Davis was given the authority to assign the supplements by tenure as in the past. The ambulance district bills were approved, and the meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.