EDC endorses two propositions on Tuesday’s ballot

The St. Charles Parish  Economic Development Council (EDC) has endorsed the parish’s fire protection tax and renewals of the road maintenance trust fund.

An EDC subcommittee was formed to consider the ballot initiatives. The EDC is a citizen’s committee that oversees the overall economic development planning of the parish, while working with public and private organizations that are capable of furthering local interests.

The EDC membership voted to support the request to levy 1.58 mills for a 10 years, beginning with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029, for the

purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and/or operating fire protection facilities and equipment, including the purchase of fire trucks and other firefighting equipment and payment of all related personnel costs, and to pay the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes, including hydrant rentals and service.

“The EDC believes it is critical for residents and businesses to have properly equipped and staffed fire departments,” said Chairwoman Rochelle Touchard.   “In addition to the enhanced protection of lives and property, local fire departments are earning commendable scores from property insurance regulators, leading to lower property insurance premiums for the local citizenry.”

The EDC subcommittee also supports renewal of the 5.90 mills renewal for the Road Maintenance Trust Fund on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The tax will be levied 10 years, beginning with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, and maintaining public roads and bridges.

“The EDC believes it is important for residents, workers, and businesses to have adequately maintained road transportation infrastructure,” Touchard said.  At a time of rising property values, the EDC also endorses the concept of seeking a renewal of the millage rate in an amount less than originally approved, resulting in a lower tax burden to local taxpayers.

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