By Elizabeth O’Farrell
When Mayor Marvin Brown sat down for an interview with the Louisiana Press Journal, he reflected on the challenges facing Louisiana and the progress that has been, and is being, made.
Question: What are the three biggest challenges for the city?
Answer: “The first one is that we keep struggling to maintain the level of revenue that allows us to provide good services for the city. Some of that is related to property tax. Property values haven’t really increased in the area. But, we don’t have a lot of commerce in the city limits like we used to. Sales tax is a big part of the revenue.”
“The property tax issue is just a factor of the economy in the area. Household incomes are lower than average here. That’s going to keep housing values down.”
“The second challenge is a priority for me. I got told a long time ago that you only have one chance to make a first impression. I think the appearance of Louisiana doesn’t give us a really good first impression. That priority is about the buildings being better maintained, the vacant lots being spruced up, people not piling up a lot of junk around their properties. We’ve made it pretty clear that I really want code enforcement to be stepped up. It’s going to be kind of difficult. People aren’t used to having a real strict application of the building codes. But, I want to keep us moving in that direction and to just improve the appearance of the town.”
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