JUST TALKIN’ Lagniappe for Sept. 28, 2019

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A couple of letters to the editor showed there are a lot of concerns about Mayor Lee Posey’s tax to maintain his ballparks. Something hasn’t seemed right about this sports complex from the start and it’s really beginning to smell. The more the mayor explains his plans, the more questions keep coming up. Now JT hears there will be a need for auditors to review the books of all those in the TIF.

What new expenses will this create? The purchase of new software or maybe hiring auditors?

The mayor, who usually has two votes in his back pocket on most issues, went into Monday night’s meeting needing only one of the remaining three councilmen to go his way…and he got it. All he needed was a simple majority. One of the serious concerns JT has heard from the start is the fact Natchitoches is near…if not there already …to taxing people away.

There are a growing number of folks who simply don’t purchase in the city. They opt to buy items on their trips to Shreveport or Alexandria, for example, and pay less in taxes. We’ve got the acclaimed “Speed Trap City” in Robeline; Natchitoches certainly doesn’t need the designation of “Highest Tax Town” in the state.

JT believes that if this matter passed by a simple majority, it could still be rescinded by a simple majority vote. It just takes a little courage. It will be interesting to see if the sports complex becomes an issue for the city officials in the elections in March.

——— Speaking of elections…. Don’t forget absentee voting started Saturday at the Natchitoches Parish Registrar of Voters Office.

It begins at 8:30 a.m., except Sunday, and ends at 6 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 4. It’s a long ballot…but lots of important races. JT urges you to vote.

It doesn’t matter if you vote FOR or AGAINST someone…just vote.