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|Half-cent garbage tax on October ballot|
When voters cast their ballots in the Oct. 4 open primary, they'll also be asked to approve a five-year renewal a half-cent sales tax.
The Franklin Parish Police Jury has placed the renewal measure on the October ballot, ahead of the expiration of the tax in January.
The half-cent sales tax is collected parish-wide to pay for the collection of garbage.
According to policy jury treasurer Larry Clark, the tax produces more than $800,000 a year.
"The bulk of this tax goes to the price of the actual garbage pickup," Clark said.
The jury contracts with Delta Disposal of Monroe to provide the curbside and dumpster service throughout the parish.
That contract costs an estimated $65,000 to $80,000 per month, Clark said.
Even at that price, Clark said the voters are getting a better deal than if the jury maintained its own service.
"The prohibitive cost from the Police Jury would be the equipment," Clark said.
Under the existing contract, the jury requires the contractor to purchase new equipment to service Franklin Parish every five years.
The current contract with Delta Disposal will come up for renewal next year. Clark said the jury would again put that contract out for bid.