- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish Police Jury says they want to attempt fundraising for a proposed animal shelter before creating a new tax to support it, citing roads as a higher priority.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1FddrVo) that during the jury’s Monday meeting, animal shelter advocate Rita Tucker suggested different fundraising options for constructing a shelter, including a tax. Jury members Pat Moore and Mack Calhoun said roads must be the jury’s priority.

Jury member Pat Cardwell says he recognizes many people in the community are in favor of the shelter, but that fundraising should be attempted before asking the public to raise taxes.

Architect Bill Land says the estimated construction cost for the shelter is $3 million. Tucker says more than 3,400 people have signed a petition supporting the proposed shelter.

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