BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)— Tomorrow is Election Day in Ascension Parish and on the ballot: sewage proposal by the parish.
Ascension Parish residents will vote on the parish’s proposal to sell some of their government-owned sewage systems to the national water infrastructure.
Ascension Parish District 7 Councilman Aaron Lawler said, “The plan is to sell our sewer assets and in doing so we will receive approximately nine and a half million dollars.”
The parish vote was unanimous which was the first in its history.
Ascension Parish resident Caprice Cline said, “It makes me feel good that all 11 have come together with the parish president to say yes, this is the answer, this is how we will move forward.”
“We’ll take a lot of those neighborhood systems, hook them up to large pipes under Highway 42 and Highway 73, then pump that to a single centralized plant down in an industrial area. Then we’ll pump it into the Mississippi River,” said Lawler.
This will allow the parish to focus tax dollars on infrastructure and drainage instead of sewage.
He added, ” Unlike East Baton Rouge Parish which has a half-cent sales tax to subsidize their sewage. We are working on doing this without taxing the general public.”
Cline said, “A really large portion of funds to be able to get to work quickly on improving our roads is going to be fantastic.”
Some people did have concerns.
Lawler said, “People are worried that the sewer rates are going to skyrocket and this is going to be controlled by the public service commission. All the rates, just like they control your water bills, your energy bills, your gas bills.”
Many saw the project as an important factor in this fast-growing parish.
If you plan to vote tomorrow don’t forget to bring your mask and your ID. You can also find your polling location with the Geauxvote Mobile app.