The Terrebonne Parish Council will be moving forward with another round of budget talks Monday during committee meetings.
This week, some areas the Budget and Finance Committee will look at include the library, sales tax, Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District, Civic Center, Terrebonne Economic Development Authority, the parish Health Unit and mental health. The full Parish Council is expected to set a public hearing on the 2019 budget for the Nov. 28 regular council meeting.
Parish President Gordy Dove presented the $217.09 million budget to the council in late September.
Monday’s committee meetings will begin at 5 p.m. in Government Tower, 8026 Main St., Houma.
The budget committee will also look at entering into an agreement with the Terrebonne Parish Tax Assessor's Office and the Sheriff’s Office to hire a technology consulting firm, Assessure, to identify wrongful property tax exemptions.
Assessor Loney Grabert said the firm would investigate statewide and national databases to look for double homestead exemptions and other violations that could correct tax rolls and earn more revenue for the parish.
The Policy, Procedure and Legal Committee will look at a proposal to hire South Central Planning Development Commission, at no cost, to redraw the voting precinct boundaries due to new developments.
The parish is also scheduled to receive construction bids for the concession stand at the Bayou Country Sports Park on Dec. 4. The Public Services Committee will consider awarding the contract Monday, ahead of the bid opening, to the lowest bidder for an estimated cost of $688,043.
Terrebonne Recreation District 2-3 is responsible for the park, but the parish has contributed money to push forward its completion, including funding for the soccer area parking.
The regular council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, also in Government Tower.
A representative from Entergy is expected to address the council again about street light outages and the company's plan for reporting and changing broken lights. Representatives of Entergy, SLECA and the parish utilities department addressed the issue in September after the Houma Police Department reported more than 1,000 street light outages in the parish. Since then, the parish has reported that many of the lights have been changed, but council members have continued to question how further long-term outages would be prevented.
The council will also hold two public hearings for possible zoning changes. The proposed changes including rezoning property at 102 Ramey Road from a multi-family residential district to a general commercial district and rezoning 1 McCord Road from a single family residential to a neighborhood commercial district. Public hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Full agendas are available at www.tpcg.org.
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