FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Chassity McComack
April 6, 2017 Exec. Director
RRCC supports proposed levee tax for St. John Parish
LAPLACE— The River Region Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee has announced its support of a proposed 7mil property tax to fund the parish’s portion for constructing a Hurricane Protection Levee.
The levee, which would extend from the Bonnet Carre Spillway to the Hope Canal in Garyville, will provide protection for homes, businesses and industry on the East Bank of St John Parish.
This election will address taxation for a period of thirty years and will include paying any costs associated with construction, acquiring, maintaining, operating, extending and/or improving levees, facilities, and structures associated with outer flood protection systems within the parish.
The St. John the Baptist Council proposal states that the additional 7 mils will cost St. John property owners only $1.50 to $13.12 more per month for homes valued from $100,000 to $300,000 and only $18.95 to $53.95 per month for homes valued from $400,000 to $1,000,000.
“This hurricane protection levee needs to be erected as soon as possible. After more than 40 years in the study phase, the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Risk Reduction Project received Congressional authorization to move forward in December of 2016,” said Henry Friloux, public policy chair, River Region Chamber of Commerce.
The projected cost is $718 million which includes earthen levees, flood walls and pump stations. St. John’s cost-share is $50 million, with annual maintenance costs of $5 million.
The levee tax proposal will be voted on during the upcoming April 29 election. The RRCC supports the initiatives made by our local governments to act responsibly to ensure business sustainability and a high quality of life for its residents as they use efficient operations to make proactive progress.
The River Region Chamber is a non-profit organization with a mission to “Grow, Strengthen and Unify Businesses in the River Region”. Visit www.riverregionchamber.org to learn more