Proposed Bossier Parish property tax increase would fund improvements at Cypress Black Bayou

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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS)— The Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District has been presented with a proposition to increase the millage rate in this upcoming election.

Executive Director Robert Berry invited the public to The Park’s Nature Center, Thursday, September 19.  to answer any concerns about the millage request.

If passed, the millage dedicated to the park would rise in January 2021 from 1.56 mills to 3 mills, a total increase of 1.44 mills.

Berry says the slight increase in millage rate would carry benefits for both park visitors and landowners along Black Bayou.

“If this proposition passes, we will not charge a launch fee, no boat stickers will be required, fees for structures like piers and boathouses will drop to $100 a year and to $50 for non-structures,” he explained.

CBB is a public recreation area that encompasses about 350 acres along with Cypress Lake (3,300 acres) and Black Bayou (780 acres), providing a host of fishing, camping and recreation, and special event opportunities. The park features 75 RV spots in a dedicated area and another 20 overflow spots.

Millage revenue would also continue to fund Cypress Black Bayou, Berry said.

Improvements to just about all aspects of the park have been the focus of the facility’s board and administration for the last 18 months.

Berry says two piers have been rebuilt or renovated and electrical improvements have been made with more on the way. Next year, the sewer system in the RV area will be upgraded to better serve guests and 11 miles of bike trails are planned. Beaches, pavilions, Nature Center, cabins and spillway structures are all on the board’s radar to improve and upgrade.

Park facilities are popular for hosting local, regional and national sports and recreation events. Bossier Parish schools’ Cross-Country event saw record participation, and the Regional Archery Tournament drew large crowds. Also, the USA Wakeboard Collegiate Nationals will be back as CBB and the Shreveport Bossier Sports Commission collaborate to bring more visitors to the area.

64 precincts in Bossier Parish will carry the proposition ballot, giving more than just the Black Bayou residents the opportunity to vote in the upcoming October 12 election.

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