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Winn Parish

Winnfield, LA

#1 Feb 27, 2013
The police jury is trying to pass a new tax. They are quietly putting it on an April ballot, by itself, hoping for a low turnout. Typical, it cost taxpayers a lot of money for a election and to have just 1 item to vote on is not a way to save money.
not represented

Pollock, LA

#2 Feb 28, 2013
Mr. McFarland and most of the Police Jury members were elected in part by residents within as well as without the city limits. The Jury is leaving those who live in the city without funds for garbage pick-up by asking citizens to pass a new sales tax to be used by THE JURY ONLY.
At of the present time the expiring tax is used to fund garbage pick-up for ALL parish residents. That is how the tax passed in the beginning; it was for use by all citizens.
Now the majority of the jury wants all the money...100%.. to be put in the Jury's coffers, leaving absolutely NOTHING to pay for garbage pick up within the town. McFarland and the majority of the jurors could care less if the city residents have to pay an additional tax above the proposed sales tax to have their garbage picked up.
The original tax would have never passed if at the beginning it would have been used for only the residents outside the city. City residents, due to the fact that the population is greater within the city, pay most of the sales tax and under the new proposal will get not one garbage can emptied for all the tax they pay.
Vote NO , in April to this new tax !!!
Sailor

Bossier City, LA

#3 Mar 27, 2013
Get ready to pay more Sales Tax in 2014 when this tax passes in April 2013.
cry me a river

Walker, LA

#4 Mar 27, 2013
I told ya ll a year and a half ago not to be on here crying. You all should have elected some new jurors instead of the same lame ducks. Maybe in 2015 you will. Wow that's a long time away good luck hope your wallets will survive til then. Last year it was an increased tax on property owners. This year its your garbage. What's next. Good luck with that.
VOTER

Winnfield, LA

#5 Mar 27, 2013
go and vote no keep the word out. I'll be there
HELL NO
Winnfield

Winnfield, LA

#6 Apr 1, 2013
Why a new tax - for what? I understand it's for garbage pick up in the parish. That already being done and we pay for it on our utility bill. It ain't broke and don't need fixing!
MaGoo

Winnfield, LA

#7 Apr 1, 2013
Winnfield wrote:
Why a new tax - for what? I understand it's for garbage pick up in the parish. That already being done and we pay for it on our utility bill. It ain't broke and don't need fixing!
The old tax will expire and the police jury wants ALL of the new one if they get it, cutting out the agreement the city had for garbage pickup by the parish, in the city. and this will cause city limits people to have to pay for city garbage pickup...something like that...someone may explain it better, but that's the bottom line,
drained

Powhatan, LA

#8 Apr 1, 2013
MaGoo wrote:
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The old tax will expire and the police jury wants ALL of the new one if they get it, cutting out the agreement the city had for garbage pickup by the parish, in the city. and this will cause city limits people to have to pay for city garbage pickup...something like that...someone may explain it better, but that's the bottom line,
You are right. The present expiring tax was voted in by the people 10 years ago and the collections were shared by agreement of city and parish governments to have 60% go to the rural areas for garbage pick-up and 40% of the collections used by the city for in-town pickup.
This tax is expiring and McFarland and the jury are seeking a tax now with 100% going to the parish government; they say for garbage pick-up outside the city limits and for roads.(Hmm....we already pay a tax for roads!!!) They should not collect MORE for roads. They should share the sales tax collections with the citizens of the city for their garbage pick-up as has been done the last 10 years.
But the jury is leaving town residents with no way to pay for garbage pick-up although all parish residents who shop in the parish will pay the sales tax.. That will mean additional taxes will have to be collected. It could be another sales tax, or a fee added to utility bills, or some other tax monies. If it is a sales tax, it won't be just town residents who pay....ALL who shop in Winn will pay. This tax should be defeated and a new proposal submitted to be voted on whereby all the parish residents will share in the collections and ALL have garbage pick-up. I believe the voting will be this Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Winnfield

Winnfield, LA

#9 Apr 3, 2013
drained wrote:
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You are right. The present expiring tax was voted in by the people 10 years ago and the collections were shared by agreement of city and parish governments to have 60% go to the rural areas for garbage pick-up and 40% of the collections used by the city for in-town pickup.
This tax is expiring and McFarland and the jury are seeking a tax now with 100% going to the parish government; they say for garbage pick-up outside the city limits and for roads.(Hmm....we already pay a tax for roads!!!) They should not collect MORE for roads. They should share the sales tax collections with the citizens of the city for their garbage pick-up as has been done the last 10 years.
But the jury is leaving town residents with no way to pay for garbage pick-up although all parish residents who shop in the parish will pay the sales tax.. That will mean additional taxes will have to be collected. It could be another sales tax, or a fee added to utility bills, or some other tax monies. If it is a sales tax, it won't be just town residents who pay....ALL who shop in Winn will pay. This tax should be defeated and a new proposal submitted to be voted on whereby all the parish residents will share in the collections and ALL have garbage pick-up. I believe the voting will be this Saturday, April 6, 2013.
I agree, and will vote "no" for the new tax.
citizen

Pineville, LA

#10 Apr 3, 2013
I noticed in the paper this week the police jury says it is a taw renewell vote. Isn't this a deception since we are not voting on renewing the tax? The tax distribution is being changed to only accomadate the parish.
report

Pineville, LA

#11 Apr 3, 2013
citizen wrote:
I noticed in the paper this week the police jury says it is a taw renewell vote. Isn't this a deception since we are not voting on renewing the tax? The tax distribution is being changed to only accomadate the parish.
Yes, you are right. The ad is a lie. First off, a tax can't be renewed; there is no provision in our state statutes for such a thing. When a tax is voted on, a specific rate of tax and a specific time for the tax to be collected is stated and the people vote. Once that tax has reached the end of its life it is dead, gone, over with and no money can be collected using that tax again. If a tax is to be collected after the one expires, the people have to vote on a NEW tax. Most of the time the new proposal will be for the same rate as the dead tax and used for the same purpose of the old, dead tax. But not this time!! Mr. McFarland and the jury ( with the exception of one person who withdrew support for the new tax proposal)are seeking this new tax for the exclusive use by the jury ; taking away the 40% allowed the city to use for garbage pick-up within the city, in the old tax. So, in two ways Mr. McFarland's ad is a lie to the people of Winn. There's no such thing as a renewal tax, and the tax is not for the same purpose as the old expiring tax. It is a NEW tax and we don't need it. IF it passes, the jury gets all the revenues and the city will have to have an additional tax instead of all -rural and town sharing this one tax as we did with the old tax. VOTE IT DOWN! We don't need two new taxes.
Whiners

Alexandria, LA

#12 Apr 4, 2013
The jury can call the sales tax whatever they want, its a tax that has been sponsored by the jury for decades. As a parish resident, I will vote, yes!! The city called their 1 1/2 % sales tax a renewal, oh, wait, there's no such thing. You see? The city council uses deception just like the police jury when it suits their needs. However, in this instance the city doesn't profit directly off the parish, so now it's a new tax. To me the city is the wrong doer here, they voted in a 1 1/2% sales tax that all citizens must pay, but only they got to vote on. Now, thats just WRONG!!! Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!!!
when and where

Pineville, LA

#13 Apr 4, 2013
Whiners wrote:
The jury can call the sales tax whatever they want, its a tax that has been sponsored by the jury for decades. As a parish resident, I will vote, yes!! The city called their 1 1/2 % sales tax a renewal, oh, wait, there's no such thing. You see? The city council uses deception just like the police jury when it suits their needs. However, in this instance the city doesn't profit directly off the parish, so now it's a new tax. To me the city is the wrong doer here, they voted in a 1 1/2% sales tax that all citizens must pay, but only they got to vote on. Now, thats just WRONG!!! Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!!!
Yes, the jury can lie; the city government can lie and I don't know many who call lies all right. Politicians have long called some taxes "renewals" but that is a lie and their calling it a "renewal" is false no matter what governing body it is. There is no such thing as a tax renewal recognized or authorized in our state statutes. Politicians invented that term and love to use it coupled with the false statement "you won't be paying anymore with the proposed tax than you have been paying". Every person recognizes that statement as a LIE especially those on a very limited income WHO know that with the decline in the value of our dollar, we have to pay more dollars for everything we buy. The more dollars we MUST spend the more tax the government collects although the rate of an old , dead tax, may be the same RATE as a new tax. It is a lie it won't cost us more in taxes!
How right do you think it is that non property owners can vote taxes on property owners? Now, I think that is just WRONG!
If you vote for this parish tax, you are potentially setting YOURSELF up to pay, in addition to this tax an ADDITIONAL SALES TAX voted on by city residents for their garbage pick-up. It's your choice to pay one tax or two. If we defeat this new tax proposal by the jury, one tax that is shared by all Winn Parish as it now is could be voted on and we could all have the one tax to pay and all could have garbage pick-up. Or we will be forced to all pay two taxes. It's the choice of the voters- pay one or pay two taxes. IT IS NO TIME TO PASS ADDITIONAL TAXES, IN MY OPINION.
need to know

Tyler, TX

#14 Apr 4, 2013
Which one of the jurors did not vote to support this new tax?
MaGoo

Winnfield, LA

#15 Apr 4, 2013
Of course it will pass. the only ones voting in off cycle will be the benefactors
when and where

Pineville, LA

#16 Apr 4, 2013
need to know wrote:
Which one of the jurors did not vote to support this new tax?
Initially, every juror voted to put the proposal on the ballot as recommended by McFarland. See Winn paper for details about two jurors who have had second thoughts about this tax.
Feb6,2013

District Seven Representative Robert Hutto voiced his disapproval of the handling of the new tax proposal.
“Years ago this thing was developed as a sanitation tax, 40% city and 60% parish,” said Hutto.“It worked out great. The city bills about $281,000 a year, ours comes out at over $700,000 a year. I’ve got too many friends, and I’m not going to cut them out of garbage. Everybody knows it’s a revenue thing.”

Mar 15,2013 Winn paper
Juror Carpenter withdrew her support. My idea is instead of fighting with the city and the city fighting with us, is to come together and change the tax renewal and to keep it the way it is.

Read more: Winn Parish Enterprise - Jury explains adjudicated property confusion
Quest

United States

#17 Apr 4, 2013
Given that the tax option will be the only item on the ballot in Winn Parish, does anyone know how much this election is going to cost the taxpayers?
when and where

Pineville, LA

#18 Apr 4, 2013
Quest wrote:
Given that the tax option will be the only item on the ballot in Winn Parish, does anyone know how much this election is going to cost the taxpayers?
Oh, this is an important (not) election. There will be also election for Constable, Justice of the Peace Ward 9 and Alderman, Village of Sikes.
The jury set this election in hopes more more rural voters would turn out hoping to pass the tax for the jury. But if most voters are complacent, so be it that we will have this new tax. It's up to the voters!
wondering

Pineville, LA

#19 Apr 5, 2013
Whiners wrote:
The jury can call the sales tax whatever they want, its a tax that has been sponsored by the jury for decades. As a parish resident, I will vote, yes!! The city called their 1 1/2 % sales tax a renewal, oh, wait, there's no such thing. You see? The city council uses deception just like the police jury when it suits their needs. However, in this instance the city doesn't profit directly off the parish, so now it's a new tax. To me the city is the wrong doer here, they voted in a 1 1/2% sales tax that all citizens must pay, but only they got to vote on. Now, thats just WRONG!!! Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!!!
To me the city is the wrong doer here, they voted in a 1 1/2% sales tax that all citizens must pay, but only they got to vote on.
How is the city wrong? I don't understand.
his words

Pineville, LA

#20 Apr 5, 2013
Is McFarland having trouble knowing exactly what the new tax proposal revenue is to be used for, legally?
Winn Parish Enterprise ,Feb.15, 2013, McFarland was quoted in article entitled “All Roads lead to Winnfield” as saying ,“the proposed parish tax will be dedicated SOLELY (emphasis is mine) to garbage collection and roads.” This is deception of course. But some will vote for the tax thinking their money will go for roads and garbage pick-up, only.

Later he had another thought and paid big bucks to present it:
Full page ad in Winn Parish Enterprise, paid for by Jack McFarland (do we pay our jury too much? Not many of us can afford a full page ad) where he states in BIG, BOLD, OVERSIZE PRINT, the tax is for : rural garbage collection, COURTHOUSE MAINTENANCE, and road maintenance. HUmmmmn.

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