Opinion: CBB board protects a half-century investment
Written by Bossier Press Tribune
Last Tuesday’s Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District (CBB) board meeting was dominated by discussion of the board’s plan to adjust landowner fees for folks living on Cypress Lake and Black Bayou.The board made certain that the meeting was well publicized so that landowners could be present and have an opportunity to comment.
From this viewpoint, it sure would have been helpful if more of the landowners took advantage of the monthly CBB meetings to better understand the need to adjust these fees.
The new schedule would eliminate the $4 per month fee to draw water from the lakes for lawn care, and the square-foot-based fee for structures over the water.It would impose a fee on Black Bayou of $230 for owners with a structure over the water, and $130 for those who don’t have any such structure.On Cypress, the fees would be $250 and $150 respectively.
It’s only been a few weeks since nearly 60 percent of Bossier Parish voters casting ballots in the November 4 election agreed that the 1.54 mill property tax to Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District (CBB) should continue for another decade.
But CBB’s board was ready for that affirmative vote with plans to make major upgrades to the park. For the past year or so, the park’s relatively new board members have been occupied with strengthening accounting controls, making repairs and some upgrades to the park’s infrastructure, and looking at long-range improvements to maintain CBB as the parish’s chief outdoor recreation jewel.
Robert Berry, CBB interim Executive Director, explained that the board looks to bond an estimated $3 to 3.5 million to finance the park’s upgrades and needed improvements.
Millage Propositions could Affect Senior, Park and Library
Written by Forum News
On Nov. 4, among a host of other issues, Bossier Parish voters will decide the fate of two property tax millage renewal propositions and a new millage proposition.
As a result, voters may want to visit their parish libraries and the Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District to discover what these millage renewals fund, and drop by the Bossier Parish Council on Aging for a primer on services offered to the parish’s seniors.
The Bossier Parish library system’s 10-year renewal of it 7.57 mill property tax is “for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping, maintaining and operating the public library facilities and system” in the parish. The annual millage collects about $7.2 million that’s dedicated exclusively to funding the library system. Heather McEntee, Bossier Parish libraries director, said library users and others interested in knowing what the parish’s eight libraries offer should be able to explore the system’s extensive use of the millage funding on the system’s website around mid-October.