Amended 2015 Bossier Parish Police Jury budget approved

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Bossier Parish Police Jury members voted unanimously to approve an amended 2015 budget totaling just over $42 million, a figure which showed an increase of 14.95 percent in the operating fund balance.

Parish Treasurer Sheryl Thomas told jury members the general fund hike was due to an increase in parish taxes and franchise fees. The budget’s highway fund showed a 35 percent decrease in the operating fund balance, and Thomas explained that drop was due to the massive flooding in June.

Thomas reported an enterprise fund balance of just over $11.5 million on hand supporting the Consolidated Waterworks Sewer District 1, the parish’s sewer project that is moving steadily toward completion.

Jury members also awarded a bid for new public restrooms at Tall Timbers Park on U.S. Hwy. 80 even though the lowest bid was more than the figure budgeted for the project.

“We had six bidders with the low bid coming in at $189,000,” jury member Glenn Benton reported. “We had budgeted $125,000 for the project so you can see that’s a pretty good difference.”

But Benton said money to make up the difference in what was budgeted and the low bid had been found and the much-needed project could be funded. Members of the jury agreed and voted unanimously to move ahead.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, jury members:

  • Awarded bids for annual supplies for the Bossier Parish highway department.
  • Approved plats for two subdivisions and agreed to a 48-lot addition at Rose-Neath Cemetery.
  • Approved applications for renewal of parish beer and liquor licenses that had received approval from the Sheriff and health department.
  • Announced a public hearing on Feb. 3, 2016 to consider adoption of a resolution calling an election in Benton Fire District 4 to authorize renewal of an ad valorem tax.
  • Approved the amended 2015 budget and proposed 2016 budget for operation of the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory Commission.
  • Approved the professional services contract with Ginger Adam Corley for governmental relations for 2016.
  • Reappointed Jeff Wyatt and Bobby N. Robinson Jr. to the Benton Fire District 4 board of commissioners.
  • Adopted the parish’s three-year road overlay program.
  • Adopted resolutions supporting applications for emergency backup generator for South Bossier Water System and the extension of a six-inch water line for the Village Water System under railroad crossing on Adner Rd.
  • Accepted a proposal from Cothren, Graff, Smoak Engineering for services for the Village Water System extension under the railroad crossing at Adner Rd.