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JEFFERSON, La. - Officials in Jefferson Parish are trying to figure out their next move after voters rejected several important property tax renewals that fund both the water system and the sewerage system.

On Thursday, the Jefferson Parish Council held a special meeting at the Yenni Building.

Council members are in need of a solution because the taxes make up a large portion of the water and sewerage budget. The departments combined would be short about $20 million in 2014 without these taxes.

The water tax was rejected by 52 percent of voters, and the sewerage tax was rejected by 53 percent.

President John Young said it's possible these taxes could be put back on the ballot at a later date.

However, even though the taxes were presented as renewals, they had already expired.

By state law, a new election for the same proposals can't be held until six months after they are rejected. Voters would not be able to vote on them again in the October 19 election, which puts the parish in danger of not having the taxes renewed before 2014.

The parish can opt to call a special election to reconsider the tax propositions or cut $22 million from the budget.

Public Works Director Kazeem Alikhani said a $35 million loan for capital improvements is in jeopardy due to the tax proposition defeat.

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