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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana is in dire need of infrastructure improvements, and Mayor Jamie Mayo says the city of Monroe is no exception.

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Mayo says unlike most of our neighboring cities, Monroe has the advantage of having an infrastructure tax.

It was started under the late Mayor Bob Powell in 1994, but then it was rededicated in 2000 so that it would cover streets, sewer lines, as well as the city's water treatment and sewage plants.

Mayo says the tax generates 12 to 13 million dollars a year, but he says that's still not enough to address the issues and challenges the city faces.

"Think about the miles and miles of water lines and sewer lines
we have in the city of Monroe," says Mayo. "In addition to the waste water treatment plant, the sewer plant and the pump stations we have, those are expensive repairs that have to be done."

Governor Edwards tried ti raise Louisiana's gas tax to address the state's infrastructure issues, but it was blocked by House Republicans.