- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

WELSH, La. (AP) - Town officials are meeting with residents in discussions about a proposal for a half-cent sales tax.

The American Press reported (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the 10-year sales tax proposal will be on the April 5 ballot.

If approved, the tax would pay for recreational facility maintenance, operations and improvements. It would generate more than $200,000 a year for the town’s parks and recreation department. The department’s current budget is $153,000.

Alderman Charles Drake and Recreation Director Michelle Ramagos presented plans for the tax at a session last week, and answered residents’ questions.

Romagos said the tax revenue could pay for improvements at Welsh’s four tennis courts, new fences for the baseball fields and splash pads at two parks for children to play in during the summer. The town’s pools were closed in recent years.

“We want to improve the quality of life for children in Welsh and keep kids out of trouble,” Ramagos said. “I’m interested in the growth of the community.”

Ramagos said she hopes the tax will be approved and that revenue it generates will fund efforts that will be catalysts to help cut crime in the town.


Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com