Author Archives: Elliott Stonecipher

20 Apr
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MAYOR PERKINS: THE WORST OF THE RUMORS SEEM TRUE.

Saturday, April 20, 2019 … 2:41 P.M. It has been a very tough week for any and all who love Shreveport. As endangered as confidence in local government is, these hits from and by our new mayor seem especially damaging. ...

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19 Apr
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EVEN BOSSIER PARISH GAINS FADE IN NEW CENSUS BUREAU REPORT

Friday, April 19, 2019 … 8:46 A.M. When the Census Bureau annually reports population gain – or loss – for all counties / parishes in the nation, the four-parish Northwest Louisiana story has been the same for many years … ...

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16 Apr
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SHREVEPORT CANNOT RISK OR AFFORD MAYOR ADRIAN PERKINS

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 … 10:53 A.M. It is something too few of us know about Shreveport City Hall, to which I can personally attest: when Leanis Steward, the city’s (Internal) Auditor, sounds an alarm – any alarm – it ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
12 Apr
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MORE ABOUT THOSE BOSSIER (wow!) & CADDO MAY 4TH TAX VOTES

Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:48 A.M. I have recently written about ways public school systems in Caddo and Bossier Parishes are set to score property tax revenue windfalls by way of very low May 4th voter turnout. Here are links ...

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05 Apr
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C.P.S.B. CONCOCTS WAY TO KEEP EXPIRING PROPERTY TAXES ALIVE

Friday, April 5, 2019 … 10:36 A.M. On May 4th, Caddo Parish home and other property owners have yet another date with parish taxation ugliness … the kind only bosses of the Caddo Parish School Board can contrive. Put simply, ...

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31 Mar
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OUR (ONLY?) HOPE IS THAT FEDERAL AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE THIS

Sunday, March 31, 2019 … 2:37 P.M. Multiple sources, including national publication The Bond Buyer, are reporting what may well prove to be malfeasance in the settlement of a 2014 lawsuit by the City of Shreveport against Calvin Grigsby, once ...

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27 Mar
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BOSSIER SCHOOLS TAX VOTE SET TO HIT PROPERTY OWNERS HARD

Wednesday, March 28, 2019 … 11:30 A.M. As inconceivable as it may seem to any who despise high property and other taxes, the Bossier Parish School Board (BPSB) is attempting to raise city and parish taxes to a shocking level. ...

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23 Mar
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GARBAGE TAX?! GEEZ, WHAT ABOUT OUR SKY-HIGH PROPERTY TAX!!

Saturday, March 23, 2019 … 4:38 P.M. As things now stand, the Shreveport City Council will try again at next Tuesday’s meeting to finally approve – or not, we hope – Mayor Adrian Perkins’ garbage tax. Supposedly, the vote will ...

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20 Mar
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STUDY: SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER HOUSING IS “LEAST AFFORDABLE”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 … 7:00 P.M. Here’s the good news: the cities in our Central Time Zone have the most-affordable housing in America. Here’s the bad news: housing in Shreveport-Bossier is the least-affordable in our region. So says the ...

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18 Mar
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SHREVEPORT CITY HALL HAS PLENTY OF OUR MONEY … PLENTY!

Monday, March 18, 2019 … 4:27 PM. The City Council’s next of many shots at raising our taxes (or “fees,” which are identical to our pocket books) is set for a week from tomorrow. Now, members are being hassled by ...

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12 Mar
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SHREVEPORT CITY COUNCIL (AGAIN) PUNTS ON GARBAGE TAX

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 … 8:30 P.M. Without doubt, the greatest public interest in today’s Shreveport City Council meeting was whether or not taxpayers would have (yet another) local tax burden to bear. Specifically, a $7.00 monthly charge for garbage ...

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08 Mar
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5 REASONS OUR CITY COUNCIL SHOULD DUMP GARBAGE TAX

Friday, March 8, 2019 … 9:41 A.M. As I write, Shreveporters expect our City Council to soon vote on a whittled-down version of Mayor Adrian Perkins’ tax hike attempt – he studiously calls it a “fee” – for garbage collection. ...

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26 Feb
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THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY … SHREVEPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 … 7:55 P.M. When the smoke cleared, and the typical hooey slinging ended, today’s Shreveport City Council meeting had taken three-and-a-half hours. It was, yes, painful to watch … but with a couple of pleasant surprises ...

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25 Feb
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CADDO JUDGE GREENLIGHTS WATER-SEWER LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY

Monday, February 25, 2019 … 10:15 P.M. A Caddo District Court judge has ruled that two Shreveport attorneys can proceed with a lawsuit filed last August against the City for water and sewer overcharges of business and industrial customers. Attorneys ...

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21 Feb
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PERKINS CANNOT FORCE CITY COUNCIL TO TAX US

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 … 5:50 P.M. It is, after all, no surprise. Given his total absence during Shreveport’s past fifteen-year swoon, plus the tax-and-spend religion of his political party and his sponsors, what we see is what we ...

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