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Dear Residents of Livingston Parish:

We currently have 1,678 roads in the Parish Maintenance System totaling approximately 900 miles of parish roads and over 1,600 miles of Parish ditches. Additionally, we have 60+ dedicated employees within DPW who facilitate 200+ weekly work orders to construct and maintain our roads and ditches. As our Parish continues to grow, it is essential that Parish Government continue to improve, expand and maintain the road infrastructure. If the Ad Valorem Tax is not renewed, it will become virtually impossible for DPW to perform many of the advantageous functions that we, the residents of Livingston Parish have come to rely on. Due to the fact that there will be a net loss in the Road Fund of approximately $1.4 million if the tax is not renewed, there could be a drastic reduction in the DPW work force and could have a devastating impact on the Parish Government as a whole. Residents will no longer have the comfort of placing a phone call to DPW to have ditches cleaned out, culverts installed or daily road maintenance performed in the time frame in which the residents are accustomed to. If the tax is not passed and the funds are not available, it could possibly mean a lack of readily available equipment and manpower to handle the needs of the parish, which is vitally important for the safe travel for the residents of, as well as, our friends and neighbors within Livingston Parish.

There has been a lot of confusion and misrepresentation on the upcoming vote for the renewal of the infamous “Road Tax”. This is actually a 5 Mil property tax that was voted on by the public in 1974 and covers the cost of, just to name a few, the maintenance of the parish roads, bridges, ditches and drainage, right of way mowing and tree removal, providing sand and sandbags during storms, road hazard placement of barricades and cones, road closures due to storms and flooding, picking up storm debris, annual capital outlay road improvement projects, etc. These funds must also cover the equipment, trucks, and maintenance of these items in order to do these tasks. Estimated expenses for 2012 will be approximately over $1.75 million. The funds collected from the Ad Valorem tax renewal, if passed, will be a projected $1.8 million in 2013. This will allow for the increase in cost of materials, fuel, maintenance and upkeep of additional new roads and ditches due to our escalating parish growth.

The DPW health insurance is funded strictly from a 1 cent sales tax that is not up for renewal until 2021.

Sincerely,

Sam M. Digirolamo

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