Ouchita Parish to vote on road and drainage tax on Nov. 18

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Ouachita Parish Police Jury is proposing a new tax on the November ballot that's expected to generate about three million dollars a year.

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"This is going to be dedicated to nothing but drainage and road issues," says Jack Clampit, police juror. "That's all it can be spent on."

Governor John Bel Edwards has already allocated $14 million to the parish, but Clampit says they can't get any of it until they come up with a four million dollar match.

"If we don't have the match for that $14 million it goes away," says Clampit. "It will go to another parish, they'll get the benefit of it and these projects simply won't get fixed."

Clampit says the money would allow jurors to repair pipes that were damaged during the flooding of 2016, as well as roads that have been on the waiting list for some time.

"We've got roads like Stubbs Vinson and we've got projects like Hannah's Run that have been on the books forever," says Clampit. "This tax would give us the money to do those projects."

Clampit says the money from Governor Edwards and the money generated from this new tax would strictly be used for repairs in the east side of the parish.

Elections are November 18th.