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From the desk of Donna W. Graham, CPA

Director of Finance, Washington Parish Government 


 

 

 

The year 2014 offers a bright promise of financial stability to Washington Parish Government.  A vote of confidence by the citizens of Washington Parish passing a 1/3 cent sales tax, parish wide, excluding the municipal limits of the town of Franklinton, to fund the criminal justice system, has offered substantial relief to the Parish’s General Fund.  Currently, six (6) months into the first year of collections of this tax, actual proceeds are approximating budget amounts and are on target to meet annual projections.

Proceeds of this tax are accounted for in a new special revenue fund, entitled “Criminal Justice Fund”, as established by the Parish Council.  Parish Governments are statutorily required to provide funding for specified cost of the operations of the District Attorney (42%), District Judges (17%), Parish Jail and Inmates (39%), these cost are budgeted and tracked through this fund.  Other cost of the criminal and civil justice system, such as Coroner’s Office, Clerk of Court, Registrar of Voters, Justice of the Peace and Constables are funded in the Parish’s General Fund budget.

    

 

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Mandated Expenses (1/31/13)

What has the Parish Government done to address the impact of mandated expenses on the overall General Fund Budget? (1/31/13)

As always, our door is always open and if there are any questions or additional information needed, please feel free to fill in the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

 
Donna W. Graham, CPA
Director of Finance 
Washington Parish Government
985-839-7825 ext #301
985-839-7828 fax
dgraham@wpgov.org