DeSoto Parish police jurors recently voted to carve out more than $5 million in the 2015 budget for road construction and repair.
The Times reports it’s the first significant earmark for roads since the two-year, $30 million project completed in 2011 with Haynesville Shale-related funds.
Ernel Jones, who heads the police jury’s Budget and Finance Committee, says the parish ended 2014 in great shape. Jones says parish employees were given a 2 percent raise.
Money for the road work is coming from two sources – $1.1 million in state-provided Parish Transportation Funds that were allowed to accumulate and $4 million in local funds.
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