One of the choices on the Nov. 6 presidential ballot concerns a 10-year tax renewal measure for residents in seven precincts around or near the Bayou Bonne Idee.
One of the choices on the Nov. 6 presidential ballot concerns a 10-year tax renewal measure for residents in seven precincts around or near the Bayou Bonne Idee. Lynn Winnon, chairman of the five-person maintenance board for the 55-mile bayou, says that it's critical tax money – 1.29 mills – spent to ensure the upkeep of the snaking bayou that is popular with fishermen. It's also important, Winnon noted, because that area of the parish has seen its property values double since the last time the renewal was voted in (by 74 percent) 10 years ago. “This is not a new tax, or a higher tax; it's the same level,” Winnon said. “This helps the entire parish.” Last time the bond was up for renewal, its second time, 74 percent of the voting block – now calculated at 1,021– marked “yes” on the measure. Winnon expects the vote to pass again, so long as word gets out to voters who live in the 11 rural subdivisions, including 300 homes and campgrounds. The area also includes hundreds of fertile delta farmland. The board contracts work using the money to keep up maintenance on four dams, four spillways four draining ditches, three boat ramps and two public piers along the bayou that was helped established more than 30 years ago in a federal government initiated watershed program, he said.