Cheryl Fontenot against Recreational Property Tax

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Dear Editor:

Family and friends, myself included, are finding our dollars being stretched to the breaking point. The economy is not improving. Grocery prices continue to rise. We are expected to get by with less. This is no time to ask us to vote for another property tax. We are struggling to put food on the table and pay our monthly bills.

• The tax is to bring in $58,000,000 over ten years with projects that have no timeline or prioritization; the cost, $32,000,000, What will happen to the other $26,000,000?

• Half of the project dollars, $16,000,000, will be used at Lamar Dixon. Voters overwhelmingly told the Council not to buy Lamar and they purchased it over our objections. Can they be trusted with more of our money?

After serving four years on the Ascension Parish Council, I am even more appalled that a majority of these elected officials voted to spend taxpayer's dollars, $190,000, to promote the tax. The ruse that they are educating us is over the top. They are promoting the tax with their advertisements. This is clearly documented online.

Someone should file an ethics complaint. Time to stop complaining and strikeout this team of tax and spend politicians.

Get out to vote and do it early if you can; October 21-28 at the Courthouses in Donaldsonville and Gonzales, 8:30- a.m. to 6 p.m. Or go to your precinct on Tuesday, November 4th and Vote No!

I'm pro recreation, but not supporting this new property tax. It's time to put the politicians on a budget They need to do more with less, just like the rest of us.

Cheryl Fontenot