§1000.8. Drug Rehabilitation Services District of the Fourth Judicial District; creation;
composition; powers; ad valorem tax
A. The Drug Rehabilitation Services District, hereinafter referred to as the "district", is
hereby created. The district shall be a political subdivision. The boundaries of the district shall be
coterminous with the boundaries of the Fourth Judicial District, which district includes the parishes
of Morehouse and Ouachita.
B. The district is established for the primary object and purpose of providing a funding
source for drug rehabilitation services and educational programs to residents of the district who are
determined to be eligible for such services. In the determination of eligibility for such services,
priority shall be given to adolescents and young adults who are determined to be first offenders.
C. To provide for the orderly provision of the services to be furnished by the district and
to provide for representation in the affairs of the district of those persons and interests immediately
concerned with and affected by the purposes of the district, a board of commissioners for the
district is hereby created as the governing authority of the district, hereinafter referred to as the
D.(1) The board shall be composed of five members selected as provided in this
Paragraph. The five members of the board shall be appointed as follows and each appointment
shall be effective only if approved by the state legislators for the district within thirty days of the
(a) The sheriffs of the parishes of Morehouse and Ouachita shall appoint one member to
(b) The district attorney for the Fourth Judicial District shall appoint one member to the
(c) The judges of the Fourth Judicial District Court shall appoint one member to the board.
(d) The parish governing authority for Morehouse Parish shall appoint one member to the
(e) The parish governing authority for Ouachita Parish shall appoint one member to the
(2)(a) The members of the board shall serve four-year terms of office, except the initial
members, who shall serve initial terms as follows:
(i) The two members appointed by the parish governing authorities for Morehouse Parish
and Ouachita Parish shall each serve a four-year term.
(ii) The member appointed by the judges of the Fourth Judicial District Court shall serve
a three-year term.
(iii) The member appointed by the sheriffs of the parishes of Morehouse and Ouachita shall
serve a two-year term.
(iv) The member appointed by the district attorney for the Fourth Judicial District shall
serve a one-year term.
(b) The members of the board shall serve until their successors have been appointed and
(c) Any vacancy which occurs prior to the expiration of the term for which a member of
the board has been appointed shall be filled by appointment in the same manner as the original
appointment for the unexpired term.
E.(1) As soon as practical after appointment of the members, the board shall meet and
elect from among the members a chairman, a vice chairman, a secretary-treasurer, and such other
officers as it may deem appropriate. The secretary-treasurer shall furnish bond in an amount and
in accordance with terms and conditions fixed by the board.
(2) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum. A quorum shall be
required to transact business and all plans, actions, and resolutions of the board must be approved
by a majority of the quorum present.
(3) The board shall fix a time and place for the holding of its regular meetings and shall
hold at least one regular meeting in each calendar month. Additional regular or special meetings
may be held in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the board.
(4) The board shall adopt such rules and regulations as it considers necessary or advisable
for conducting its business and affairs.
(5) The members of the board shall serve without compensation.
(6) The board shall have the authority to contract, in accordance with applicable state law,
for the provision of drug rehabilitation services and prevention programs in accordance with the
plan developed by the board pursuant to Subsection F of this Section.
(7) The powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities of the board shall include but not
be limited to:
(a) Monitoring, evaluating, and reviewing the development and quality of drug rehabilitation
and prevention programs funded through the district.
(b) Advising and supplying information, as far as available, to civic groups and private
persons and organizations who may request such information or advice, and who study or
otherwise concern themselves with the district's problems.
(c) Providing information to officials of departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of state
and local government and to the public at large, in order to foster public awareness and
understanding of the objectives of the district in order to stimulate public interest and participation
in the objectives of the district.
(d) Accepting and receiving, in furtherance of its functions, funds, grants, and services from
the federal government or its agencies, from departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of state,
parish, municipal, or local government, or from private or civic sources.
(e) Soliciting the assistance and active cooperation of industry and private civic
organizations which are active in anti-drug and drug rehabilitation efforts.
(f) Holding public hearings and sponsoring public forums whenever it deems necessary or
useful in the execution of its functions.
(g) Exercising all other powers necessary and proper for the discharge of its duties.
F.(1) Prior to the levy of any tax herein authorized, the board shall prepare, or cause to
be prepared, a plan specifying the type of services and programs proposed to be funded through
the district. The board shall conduct such public hearings, publish such notices with respect
thereto, and disseminate such information as it may consider to be appropriate or advisable and
in the public interest.
(2) Any plan shall include the following:
(a) An estimate of the annual and aggregate cost of providing the services and programs
set forth therein.
(b) An estimate of the aggregate number of mills required to be levied in each year on the
taxable real property within the district in order to provide the funds required for the implementation
or effectuation of the plan.
(c) Requirements and criteria for determination of eligibility for services and programs
which requirements shall include adolescents and young adults who are determined to be first
offenders as the first priority in the provision of the services specified.
(3) The plan shall become final and the tax specified in the plan shall be levied as provided
in this Section only upon approval of the plan by a majority vote of the membership of the board
and after at least one public hearing on the plan has been held in the district.
G. For implementation of the plan that has been approved pursuant to this Section, the
board with the approval of the parish governing authorities may levy and collect, in the same
manner and at the same time as all other ad valorem taxes on property subject to taxation by the
parishes included within the district are levied and collected, a special ad valorem tax, not to
exceed twenty mills, upon all taxable real property situated within the boundaries of the district.
The tax, when levied, shall be from year to year or for such period of years as may be designated
in the plan and in the resolution by which the election is called on the question of the imposition of
H. An ordinance imposing the tax herein authorized shall be adopted by the board and
approved by the parish governing authorities only after the question of the imposition of the tax,
including its purpose, rate, and duration, has been submitted by the board to the qualified electors
of the district in accordance with law and a majority of those voting in the election have voted in
favor of the proposition.
I. The proceeds of any tax authorized by and levied in accordance with the provisions of
this Section shall be used exclusively to fund drug rehabilitation activities as provided for in the plan.
The district may contract with tax collectors of the parishes of the district to collect the taxes
authorized by this Section.
Acts 1990, No. 924, §1, eff. July 25, 1990; Redesignated from R.S. 33:2740.21 pursuant
to Acts 2011, No. 248, §3.