- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - An attorney for the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has advised jurors that the parish should not allocate any funds to New Roads to help the city subsidize the operation of its own residential trash service without first entering into an intergovernmental agreement with the city leaders.

Attorney Dannie Garrett told the jury Thursday it wasn’t under any legal obligation to give New Roads a portion from the 20 percent of a 1-cent sales tax dedicated for solid waste because it’s a parish-wide tax that can be used at the jury’s discretion.

“There’s nothing in the language that mandates that portion of the parish tax be spent within a specified portion of the municipality,” Garrett said during the jury’s regular meeting Thursday night.

“There’s nothing that mandates y’all give that money to the city to help them operate their (solid waste) program.”

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1aMjK2T ) the police jury’s discussion about the sales tax revenue came a week after the New Roads council adopted a resolution asking the parish to fork over a portion of the revenue from the 1-cent sales tax.

The 20 percent portion of the sales tax that is used for solid waste generates approximately $600,000 annually.

The City Council adopted the resolution on the same night it also entered into a five-year contract for residential trash service with Republic Services.

The City Council granted Mayor Robert Myer the authority to break away from the parish’s garbage contract in September.

Myer has said the city wanted out of the parish’s trash deal because he was confident the city could secure a cheaper rate and provide additional services, such as recycling.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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