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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

THE PROPOSED BOND PACKAGE: THE ROLE OF THE SHREVEPORT CITIZENS BOND COMMITTEE, THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL

Goodness, before critics of the proposed $220 million bond issue tar and feather Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins, perhaps they should review the definition of "proposed".

They also may want to recall—or perhaps learn—the this package was recommended by the bond committee. This 14 member group was composed of 2 citizens nominated by each city council member and 2 by the mayor.

The committee was advised that the maximum amount of a bond package based on the millages that expire at year end.

This was the role of this committee and the task was gigantic. Every city department presented a list for Santa and several citizen groups did as well.

The mayor had 2 choices.

Pare down the list unilaterally–after asking for citizen input. And in the process "favor" some projects over others—and in the process decide which council districts received more than others.

The other option is the one he selected–send the entire bond package to the council. This is the role of the executive.

The council has the legislative role.

The final decisions are to be made by a majority. In effect, four members can decide if a bond package is to be on the November ballot or not. The next decisions are what the package is to include–specifically what projects and at what dollar amount.

The council can even add projects not suggested by the bond committee.

These council decisions will be made at the Aug. 13 council meeting. That is the last date for approval if the package is to be on the Nov. general election ballot.

THERON JACKSON OFFICIALLY RESIGNS FROM MPC

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