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Caddo Parish Commission fails to pass 2014 budget

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Budget talks went awry at Tuesday nights meeting for Caddo Parish Commissioners. Most of the budget was approved, but one issue is holding the rest hostage.

Dawson Road in West Shreveport is the issue because where the black top ends, the gravel begins but even the gravel ends after a while.

Some commissioners say it's time to pave the road for the families in the area, while others say, the money would be better spent elsewhere in the parish.

"We're all bottled in and we need to have it extended so we won't be landlocked," Lannie Hudson said. She and her husband live on Dawson Road. They are just one of 40 families that live in the area and use Dawson everyday. There's a plan in place to get $2.5 million dollars for the road to get paved and extended from Jefferson Paige Road all the way out to Greenwood Road that has support from 6 of the Caddo Parish Commissioners but the other 6 haven't signed on. "The people that are against it, or shooting this thing down have never been out here so they don't know what we're facing," Hudson said.

Commissioner Jerold Bowman is in favor of paving and extending Dawson. "The ultimate goal is to make sure we are operating in a spirit of compromise. And that every district, not just the one's that are affluent, get things."

While commissioners hash out the issue, Erica Bryant, the Parish's Director of Finance and Human Resources says public works, capital outlay projects and the corrections budgets could be impacted, "We're only able to operate for about 6 months so it would be imperative for the commission to approve the budget within that time frame so we wouldn't run out of funds."

A few commissioners have planned a visit to see the Dawson road area Thursday morning.
Supporters of extending Dawson road say, it will decrease emergency response time by 4 minutes for residents in the area.

Those against the budget item say it should go through the proper channels for approval and a study should be done to see if the road is necessary.

The commission meets again Thursday, December 5th. They would have to call a special meeting between now and the first of January 2014 if they want to pass the budget before the year starts.

 

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