Caddo Commissioners Prepare to Vote and Spend Taxpayer’s Money

Flag of LACaddo Parish, LA – When you look at the needs in Caddo Parish such as better roads,  improved police, firefighters, and Parish employee salaries, it’s hard to believe that the commissioners of this parish would be considering spending money that could be considered wasteful.  While it may be hard to believe, it appears that wasteful spending is what is about to happen in Caddo Parish.  As soon as Thursday, the commissioners will vote to spend upward of $200,000 or more of your tax dollars all on a project that they already received a committee report indicating it should not done.  A committee was assigned, spent countless hours reviewing the issue, and in the end recommended to the commission that they leave everything alone.  The commission appears to not be satisfied with citizen input and the committee’s report as they have decided to go ahead with yet another vote that could end up costing taxpayers an excess of $200,000 or more once it’s finished.

For over one hundred years the Confederate Monument has stood in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse.  The monument has stood there longer than the current courthouse has and is on what could be disputed property that may belong to another organization and not to the parish at all.  The Commission appointed a committee to study the possibility of moving the monument.  That committee, with hundreds stating to leave the monument alone and others stating it should be moved, recommended the monument remain.  The support for the monument was overwhelming and the cost of moving the monument would be burden for the parish tax payers.  Despite the committee’s recommendation, the commission is now preparing to vote on whether to proceed with moving the monument or not.  They are neglecting to tell the public a few important details:

  1. A recent monument move of a much smaller monument in San Antonio, Texas had an estimated cost to the city of $150,000. The Caddo Parish Monument is much larger and will require much more care to move each individual part of it.  The cost could easily exceed $200,000 or more and some believe the removal and relocation could cost closer to a million dollars or more.  That is a cost the tax payers will directly carry.
  2. Moving monuments like this does not happen often without lawsuits. Already several organizations have moved to prepare legal cases to defend the monument.  If multiple organizations get involved to defend the monument at its current location, the result could cost the tax payers of the parish millions of dollars.
  3. Moving the monument will bring up a possible land dispute. Early records indicated the intention of the county was to give the land to the U.D.C.  If those records are used, this would present an entirely different lawsuit that the U.D.C. and not the parish owns the property where the monument currently resides.  The parish could be looking at another extensive lawsuit.

The Caddo Parish Commissioners are not simply voting to move a monument, they voting to potentially remove part of Louisiana’s history.  The monument is currently on the United States Historical Registry, is a prime tourist attraction that draws tourist to the downtown area where they spend money on a regular basis, and it holds historical significance for the entire state.   The monument represents people of all nationalities for Louisiana since the first African American military unit was a group of free men from New Orleans who served in the Confederacy.  Many others fought and died for the Confederacy as well including Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and others.

Several people have stepped forward and encouraged Caddo Parish residents to contact your commissioners today.  The vote could come as early as Thursday.  Below is a list of Commissioners, their names and public contact information.  This information was pulled directly from the Parish website at http://www.caddo.org/ Contact your commissioner today and tell them not to waste your tax dollars on a hundred-year-old historical monument.

 

 

Douglas “Doug” Dominick
District 1 Commissioner
Email
P.O. Box 20
Vivian, LA 71082
Office Numbers
Ph: (318) 375-5297
Fx: (318) 375-2303

 

Lyndon B. Johnson
District 2 Commissioner
Email
3722 Mallard Bay Cir.
Shreveport, LA 71107
Home Phone
Ph: (318) 309-0711
Office Phone 
Ph: (318) 218-0778

 

Steven Jackson
District 3 Commissioner
Email
505 Travis Street, Suite 110
Shreveport, LA 71101
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596

 

Matthew Linn
District 4 Commissioner
Email
615 Rutherford
Shreveport, LA 71104
Home Phone
Ph: (318) 402-1132
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

Jerald Bowman 
District 5 Commissioner
Email
3623 Milton St.
Shreveport, LA 71109
Cell Phone
(318) 210-3141
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

Lynn D. Cawthorne
District 6 Commissioner
Email
401 Market Street, Suite 1010
Shreveport, LA 71101
Alternate Phone
Ph: (318) 213-6451
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

Stormy Gage-Watts
District 7 Commissioner
Email
6648 Winder Circle West
Shreveport, LA 71129
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

Mike Middleton
District 8 Commissioner
Email
505 Travis Street, Suite 110
Shreveport, LA 71101
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

John E. Atkins
District 9 Commissioner
Email
505 Travis Street, Suite 110
Shreveport, LA 71101
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

Mario Chavez
District 10 Commissioner
Email
505 Travis Street, Suite 110
Shreveport, LA 71101
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

Jim Smith 
District 11 Commissioner
Email
9973 Mansfield Rd.
Shreveport, LA 71047
Home Phone
Ph: (318) 686-7146

 

Louis Johnson 
District 12 Commissioner
Email
Cell Phone
(318) 751-1774
Office Phone
Ph: (318) 226-6596
Fx: (318) 226-6994

 

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