John Young and members of his administration were grilled at emergency council meeting
Jefferson Parish President John Young defended his administration's handling of the property tax millage renewals rejected by voters last Saturday at an emergency meeting of the parish council Thursday.
The millage renewals were to fund water and sewer operations in the parish and account for about one-third of the budgets for those agencies.
Council chairman Chris Robert questioned whether the administration did its best to educate voters about the renewals prior to the May 4 election, and whether the administration knew the millages expired last December.
"I called Monday and asked for a list of every tax that was expiring in this parish. You guys didn't have it, okay? You all called Mr. Becknell (parish bond attorney) and asked him who's responsible for keeping this. How the hell do we not keep what millages are up for expiration?" Roberts asked.
"We did what we thought was appropriate in these circumstances, okay? I'm gonna stand by that. Now, can you always do more? Yes," Young responded.
Facing the loss of millions of dollars in tax revenue, the parish now must decide whether to put the tax renewals before voters again in a special election or cut the budget.