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BPPJ votes to shelf BCAA tax proposal

BY RYAN KEETON
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- The Beauregard Parish Police Jury on Tuesday voted to table a tax proposal that if placed on the ballot and approved by voters, would have been dedicated toward the Beauregard Community Action Association.
The BCAA is a non-profit that helps seniors and low-income families with emergency funds for food and utilities.
Police Juror Biscuit Smith said time was a factor in the panel's decision against the ballot item. Smith said they also heard from other non-profits that also wanted some tax benefits. He said police jurors want to look at all requests more closely.
Winkie Branch, BCAA executive director, told the West Central News Center in January, when she first approached jurors about the proposal, that the agency is facing a financial crunch.
The BCAA gets some federal funding and relies on grants, and there are fewer, she said. Branch said the funds were necessary to sustain the services the agency administers.
The BCAA serves around 2,800 residents in Beauregard each year.
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