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Abbeville: Half-cent sales tax on May 4 ballot

Polls in Abbeville will be open on May 4.
Voters within the City of Abbeville will have the opportunity to make one decision on that day, whether to pass a half-cent sales tax that would fund raises for all city employees.
During a special meeting Thursday evening, the Abbeville City Council voted unanimously to call a special election that will be held on Saturday, May 4. The cost of the special election will be $9,000. If passed, the tax would not go into effect until Oct. 1, 2019.

Steven Moosa, CPA, of Darnall, Sikes & Frederick, talks about a St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency audit his firm completed. Moosa was at a St. Landry Parish Council meeting on Thursday in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

7-year-old CAA deficit resurfaces

A $275,000 deficit believed to have been incurred about seven years ago at the St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency resurfaced at a Parish Council committee meeting.
Steven Moosa, CPA with Darnall, Sikes & Frederick, reported the deficit as he explained an audit of the agency done for the year ending July 31, 2018.
The audit presentation on Thursday resulted in the commitee requesting Kirsten Thomas, CAA executive director, to attend the committee’s meeting in April. The deficit occurred before Thomas became director.

Police and firefighters attended a Wednesday special Eunice Board of Aldermen’s meeting where a special election was called for May 4 for voters to decide on a 0.25 percent tax. The tax will pay for pay raises for police and fire department employees. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Police, fire department pay raises headed to voters

A proposal for a one-quarter cent sales tax to fund pay raises for Eunice police and fire department employees is headed to voters at a special election scheduled May 4.
The Eunice Board of Aldermen approved a resolution calling for the election at special meeting on Wednesday.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot on Friday said the quarter-cent tax is projected to raise about $565,000.

Eunice Elementary roof work approved

Two change orders for roofing work at Eunice Elementary were approved by the St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday.
On Aug. 2, 2018, the Board approved $1,099,000 for roof replacement at the elementary school and Eunice Junior High School.
Work at the school since then has faced a series of setbacks.
On Aug. 14, fire destroyed much of the interior of a classroom building at Eunice Elementary.
Temporary buildings were moved onto the campus to accommodate the students displaced by the fire.
On Dec. 27, the administration building was flooded.

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