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PILOT agreements discussed at Police Jury meeting

By Cyndi Sellers

Two different types of Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) agreements were discussed at the Dec. 1 Cameron Parish Police Jury meeting, both of which could impact taxing districts parishwide. Both have a long way to go, though.

With all the industrial activity so far concentrated in the western part of the parish, local service districts in the eastern part of the parish are not seeing any benefits from the billions of dollars in investment taking place. Some would like to find a way to “share the wealth.”

Cameron Parish Port Director Clair Marceaux gave additional information about a possible PILOT between the Port and the private Port Cameron marine support facility project. Port Cameron is not a manufacturer, so it would not be eligible for the Industrial Tax Exemption granted to LNG companies. It would start paying taxes immediately upon completion of construction.

However, “it is common to offer some tax abatement to companies that offer $1.6 billion and 7000 jobs to an area,” she said. In 2015 the West Cameron Port Authority (now Cameron Parish Port Authority), agreed to pursue a concession agreement with Port Cameron. That process is proceeding, she said, but it is too early to make a decision.

Marceaux and District Attorney Jennifer Jones met with a member of the Port Cameron board of directors to begin negotiations, and Jones hopes to have more information in January.

As discussed so far, the lease for the property could be assigned to the Cameron Parish Port Authority, and Port Cameron would then pay rent to the Port Authority at a somewhat reduced rate compared to the estimated ad valorem taxes it would have paid.

The Port Authority would receive a management fee and would distribute the rent to the various taxing entities according to an approved formula. Jones and Marceaux would like the rent to benefit the whole parish, not just the taxing entities who would have received property taxes, since the Port is a parishwide entity.

Juror Lee Faulk somewhat jokingly said it sounded good because Grand Lake needs a new recreation center. Juror Curtis Fountain, somewhat jokingly, pointed out that Hackberry and Johnson Bayou had passed taxes for their recreation districts.

Faulk urged finding a standard PILOT agreement with the LNG companies to help get money into parish coffers “sooner than 13 years.” Parish Administrator Ryan Bourriaque had said earlier that the type of PILOT overturned in the courts a year ago was introduced in the legislature almost passed this spring. It was approved 75-20 in the House of Representatives but failed to move out of the Senate committee on a tie vote. Legislators are trying to work through some of the issues and may re-file, he said.

Meanwhile, Jones has been asked by Cheniere LNG to provide a list of needs from around the parish, with an eye to a possible PILOT similar to the one which just expired.

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