Ascension Parish Government answers questions during listening tour

Ascension Parish Government answers questions during listening tour
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ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – The Ascension Parish Government brought back the government summer tour with a goal to bring updates, answers to questions and news on new upcoming items. 

Inside Dutchtown High School, residents welcomed the government summer tour. Topics discussed included drainage, transportation, where taxes go, updates on projects, new implementations, recreational projects, initiatives and more. 

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment says the listening tour is important especially for the future of the parish. 

“It’s very important for me to get out in the community and show what we’ve done but more important to get that feedback from the residents. ‘Are we’re doing the right thing, are we headed in the right direction? What do you want us to focus on? And that’s why I had the budget on there, the taxes, because I can only do these with the funds that are available,” Cointment said. “They need to see that so that when we have those requests, we can match it to our budget in order to accomplish it.” 

Mark Belgard has lived in the parish for decades and says he is grateful for the listening tour, especially being able to express his concerns face-to-face. 

“The number one concerns around here has been traffic and flooding, and it was good of the parish government to come out and address those and tell everybody where their tax money is going, what generates the most funds, where we need funds, and where it could be better placed” he said. 

Besides the presentations, those who attend can talk to parish departments in designated areas in regards to their concerns, allowing it to be more interactive.

Now with the community intake, Cointment says once the tour is done, he hopes to continue  implementing change in the parish by bringing the concerns into action. 

“We’ll go ahead and analyze those, we’ll look at the comments, we’ll look at the questions, we’ll have meetings about that. And then we will have inside staff meetings on what we can do better based off of those comments and where we need to go,” Cointment said. 

The summer listening tour remains ongoing with a few more dates, all open to the public and free to the Ascension Parish community. 

The next date on the summer listening tour is set for Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. in the gold dome inside St. Amant High School. For the full list of stops go here.

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