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Ascension road improvement sales tax fails

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 3:04pm

Ascension parish residents will be dealing with traffic and road frustrations a little longer. That's because a proposed 25 year half cent sales tax to improve roads, failed.

"I guess I’m just going to have to deal with it, I hate to but you know," says Gregory Griggs.

Ascension Parish residents will now have to deal with the road issues surrounding the area. The tax would have brought in 150 million dollars to help with the roads. Now, people like April Kaufman told NBC33 their traffic issues will just get worse.

"I voted for the taxes because I feel as though they should widen the road, I mean there is traffic out here everyday backed up the road needs to be widened as soon as possible because its horrible,” said April Kaufman.

The main issue in Ascension Parish is the traffic congestion, and this intersection of airline and Perkins is a prime example of where traffic is backed up on a daily basis. And Gregory Griggs says that half of a penny would be worth the improvements that would help reduce traffic congestion. "I would rather pay to have the roads and the streets fixed then to go through the congestion we have in ascension parish traffic is horrible on 42 and 44 sometimes so i would rather pay that extra half center in taxes to get it fixed," said Griggs.

But some residents don't see an extra tax as a way to solve the problems.” We have general funds going to it, I feel the parish has many, ascension parish is well off, you have increased population and those increased population also pay an increase taxes. I didn’t see a need for the additional funds,” says Keith Grutreau.

So for now, the roads will continue to be fixed as needed and problems will be addressed by the dot and the parish, when they arise. The proposal would have added turning lanes, roundabouts, extra lanes, and improved current roadways.


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