Iberia Chamber Announces Support for Twin Parish Port
From Janet Faulk-Gonzales, CEO/Director of the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce:
November 11th, 2019
After a presentation by Wendell Verret, Executive Director of the Twin Parish Port District, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted by majority to support the ten-year tax renewal for 5 mills dedicated to industrial expansion, waterfront projects and community development projects that appears on the November 16th ballot.
This is the first renewal of this millage which has been in place since 2009. The renewal does not add any new taxes. Those voters in Iberia Parish from the Vermilion Parish line to Bayou Petite Anse will be eligible to vote for this item. The majority of home owners in this area of the parish will pay nothing towards the millage, but some homeowners will continue to see an assessment of between $9.00 and $12.00 per year.
Ryan Boudoin, GICC Chairman made the case for economic development, “This millage has been managed well, converting abandoned docks to an active marina, encouraging over 40,000 landings with boaters buying needed supplies and fuel, consequently building the tax base of the Delcambre community. The Port of Delcambre has created a nationally recognized seafood market that supports local shrimpers and fishermen helping sustain jobs that are an outcome of local culture. Additionally, this funding has supported industrial expansion resulting in $3million expansion thus far. The funds generated by the local millage help the district to acquire grants that require local dollar matching.”
This Saturday, November 16 is election day. Vote at your regular polling location.
The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce has been advocating for local industry, promoting small business, and helping design business policies since 1939. Led by a twenty-one-member volunteer board of directors, who direct the Chamber’s mission of improving the business environment so our members grow and prosper, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce contributes to the economic prosperity of the community, which ultimately enhances quality of life.