Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – As 2022 approaches, officials at the Parish of Calcasieu are planning for the New Year.
“Staff recently presented the proposed budget for 2022 to the Police Jury Budget Committee,” Calcasieu Parish Administrator Bryan Beam said.
Beam explained the parish budget, and one of the most important items is recovery from the hurricane, accounting for $ 115 million of the $ 395 million allocation.
“There are two main categories,” Beam said. “One is the removal of hurricane debris from lateral drainage lines – that’s a big part – that’s about $ 75 million. And then repairs for the buildings of the parish police juries.
One of the biggest expenses in the budget is the repair of parish roads, the replacement of bridges and drainage.
“We have 1,100 miles of road and unincorporated, so this will always be the biggest,” Beam said. “However, there is also about $ 13 million in drainage projects.”
Amid the ongoing hurricane recovery, Beam points out that tax revenues are stable, industrial sectors are booming, and gaming revenues are as expected.
“We are definitely bouncing back in terms of the local economy – we still have some way to go,” Beam said. “Because of that, we were able to do some things that we were afraid we would have to postpone. “
If approved, important projects also arrive in Calcasieu such as the long-awaited coroner’s office, as well as a new Judicial Complex in Calcasieu.
“So these are all very long-term generational projects that we think we can kick off in 2022,” Beam said.
A public hearing will take place on December 2. Public comments will be collected until December 16.
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