- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will decide July 23 whether to raise general purpose millage and the parish courthouse and correctional center millage to help pay for $60 million in capital projects.

The action requires a two-thirds approval by the police jury.

Parish Administrator Bryan Beam tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1cGDhTK ) improvements are needed at the Family and Juvenile Court, Animal Services, the Office of Juvenile Justice, the Coroner’s Office, Workforce Center and Burton Coliseum. He said the court’s condition poses a “security risk” because there is not enough room to accommodate visitors.

The money will would also pay for a new parking garage at the parish courthouse complex.

Beam says the parish will also use gambling funds and a portion of the juvenile justice tax to pay for the work.

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

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