St. Landry considers tax for library system

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) – The St. Landry Parish Council has voted to call a special meeting Feb. 5 to consider calling a tax election to fund a parish-wide library system.

Bruce Gaudin, a member of a coalition group that formed to discuss the possibility of a parish-wide library system, tells The Advocate St. Landry is the only Louisiana parish lacking one.

Gaudin told the council that the coalition group is proposing a 5.5 mill property tax to help fund the parish-wide system and asked the council to approve an ordinance that would place the issue on the May 3 ballot.

Gaudin said the annual cost to the owner of a house worth $100,000 would be about $17.

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