DeSoto Parish Mosquito Control in danger of being cut

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:24pm

DeSoto Parish's Animal and Mosquito Control department is in danger of being drastically reduced, or even cut. When the animal shelter was built, DeSoto Parish was getting tax revenue from the Haynesville Shale, but as that died up, so did about 40% of the Parish's tax revenue. The Police Jury has handled the change in revenue well, even paying of the courthouse years ahead of schedule, but now they're running out of money to fund extra services like animal and mosquito control. They have come up with a solution though; a million dollar millage. Voters will have a chance to vote on it at the April 5 election, and the Police Jury is hoping voters approve it. The proposed tax would only be for homeowners with property valued at more than $75,000. By voting to approve the millage, both animal and mosquito control will be taken off the potential chopping block.


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