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Parish President has Option to Reverse Reduction in Hours with Passage of Tax
Should the tax pass, possibly as soon as May or June, 2018, the Cantrelle administration plans to reverse the reduction in hours at that time or as soon as possible depending on fiscal conditions.
“The decision to cut workforce hours has been a difficult one. Over two hundred families that work for Lafourche Parish Government will be negatively affected which is something I seriously considered,” expressed President Jimmy Cantrelle. “Now that the vote will be taken up during the Legislative Session with HLS 18-RS-491 to potentially levy a tax previously authorized by Lafourche Parish voters, I am encouraged that we are on the right track to address the solid waste shortfall with the additional $2.8 million the tax would generate annually,” said Cantrelle. Should the tax pass, possibly as soon as May or June of this year, the administration plans to reverse the reduction in workforce hours at that time or as soon as possible depending on fiscal conditions. The combined savings from cut backs with additional revenue would be sufficient to carry forward with normal operations.
As announced publicly over the past weeks, the decisions to cut workforce hours and to consider layoffs were last resort options. If the tax does not pass, these options remain up for more discussion. The Cantrelle administration has described the overall revenue shortages as bleak with the economic downturn the past two years. He and his leadership team are hopeful that more solutions can be found if positive dialogue continues. The administration stressed that the worst thing that can be done at a time like this is to avoid open discussion and proceed with blinders on. Preparation for any outcome is key. The administration plans to remain transparent with employees and residents as more develops.