Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jeff Parish officials to state leges: Cancel new toll referendum

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts and Councilman-at-large Elton Lagasse have sent an open letter to state representatives, asking them to call off the special election in May that would have voters (again) determine the fate of the now-suspended tolls on the Crescent City Connection.

Roberts and Lagasse also announced that the council would act on a formal resolution requesting the state legislature to "save the cost of the election which would be incurred by the State of Louisiana."

Letter under the jump.

From: CRoberts
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:19 PM
Subject: CCC referendum

State Senators and Representatives:

After speaking with some of my colleagues I wish to inform you of our intent to request the Legislature call off the special election in May related to the CCC tolls.

Following receipt of information providing assurances from Rep Connick, the BGR, President Young, and 'The Times Picayune' we believe that the issues raised possibly could be a mute point. The only way to determine the ability of the state to meet its obligation is to allow the bridge to run without a dedicated revenue source. We are anxious to see how this works out for everyone.

This does not diminish the need to address the neglected condition of the Harvey Tunnel or traffic at Manhattan Blvd and Barataria Blvd. These projects will remain a priority for Jefferson Parish and given the assurances we expect them to come to fruition.

The council will act on a resolution tomorrow requesting the legislative delegation call off the referendum election in May and save the cost of the election which would be incurred by the State of Louisiana.

It is our hope that this works out as promised. Rest assured on behalf of commuters and in particular residents of West Jefferson we intend to hold everyone to their commitments.

Sincerely,

Elton Lagasse
Councilman at Large
Jefferson Parish

Chris Roberts
Council Chairman
Jefferson Parish

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