Members of the West Baton Rouge Parish Fire Protection Sub District #2 voted unanimously to hire a lobbyist to help promote state legislation concerning the sales tax distribution among the parish’s fire districts. The vote, which adjusted the budget by $15,000 to allow Brusly Mayor, and Fire Sub District #2 CEO, Joey Normand to hire the attorney, or lobbyist, was held Monday evening during a special meeting, which took place before the town of Brusly’s regular meeting.
Normand said that correcting the current formula in which sales tax revenue is distributed among the parish’s six sub-districts, at the state level is the best way to settle the dispute with parish and other parish municipalities’ officials.
“Bottom line is, we have a bad law, period. It’s a law that says ‘this is everyone’s percentage,’” Normand said after the meeting. “We’re going to straight to legislation to get the law changed.”
With the current formula, Fire Sub District #2, Brusly’s Fire Department, receives only 9 percent of the sales tax. Port Allen’s fire department receives 50 percent.
“No matter what the percentages are, not matter what you negotiate, you still have a bad law, which means you got to vote on it every time they change it. It’s just a problem,” Normand said.
In other business, the Board of Commissioners decided not to consider changing the fire chief’s position from part-time to full-time.
“Nobody made a motion to approve it,” Normand said. “Some expressed a concern there’s a new (Brusly town) council coming in in January and they’d rather them take the issue up then.”