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Terrebonne Parish voters will decide May 4 whether to approve a property tax to pay for water service or risk higher water costs under a new contract.

The Parish Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a 2.11-mill property tax on the ballot.

The tax is a requirement for Terrebonne to join the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District, which supplies the parish with 80 percent of its drinking water.

The next Terrebonne council and parish president would receive pay raises under proposals up for consideration today.

Parish President Michel Claudet tells the Houma Courier he will introduce the measures to attract quality candidates.

The raises would take begin in 2016 after the next elections.

Terrebonne Parish Council members' annual salaries would rise from $12,660 to $17,064. The council chairperson's paywould rise from $14,244 to $19,200.

It would be members' first raise since 1998.

The Army Corps of Engineers says a federal levee designed to protect Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche Parish from storm flooding will cost $12.9 billion. State and local officials would have to come up with 35 percent, or up to $4.5 billion.

The plan released Friday includes 36 additional miles of levee, extending the Morganza project from U.S. 90 in Gibson to Louisiana Highway 1 in Lockport.

The corps plans a meeting about it Jan. 31 at the Houma Municipal Auditorium.

Construction on a new complex in Gray, La. that will house assorted Terrebonne government offices is scheduled to start sometime in 2013.

The Courier reports the complex would be home to a new juvenile detention center, emergency operations center and a Public Works yard that would supplement the yard on Grand Caillou Road.

The Public Facility Campus would cost about $15 million.

Parish government has already paid $1.9 million for the 30-acre site, money that came out of the general fund.

With mandatory evacuations issued for areas of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes outside of hurricane protection, shelters in Raceland and Houma have opened to evacuees.

Terrebonne and Lafourche parish governments are making sandbags available to residents as Tropical Storm Lee approaches.

The Houma Courier reports they are available at no charge at the following locations:

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The Terrebonne Parish School Board has dropped a proposal to give Superintendent Philip Martin a pay raise.

The Courier reports Board President L.P. Bordelon said Martin asked the board to pull the motion Tuesday night.

The school board's executive committee had recommended increasing Martin's base salary from $134,500 to $155,000. No board member made a motion to adopt that recommendation, so the proposal failed without coming to a vote.

HOUMA — A black jail inmate has been booked with a hate crime after allegedly saying he would squirt human waste on every white inmate in his dormitory, and then doing so.

Terrebonne Parish sheriff's Maj. Malcolm Wolfe says all seven white inmates were squirted with urine and feces from a shampoo bottle. He says the waste was on the walls and on inmates' clothes, bodies and personal property — but not on any of the three African-American inmates in the dorm with them and 41-year-old Avis James Williams of Houma.

A Bayou Blue man charged with helping his wife commit suicide has been found dead in Houma with what Terrebonne Parish deputies say appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Courier reports that 69-year-old Charles Joseph Fanguy was found by deputies in the yard of a residence Thursday morning. He had been released on bond after his arrest on Wednesday.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office said someone reported in June that Charles Fanguy had told acquaintances he had helped his wife end her life.

Betty Fanguy, who had been in poor health, died in May.

A 23-year-old Houma man will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing three people in 2009.

Jacobby Lee pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of first-degree murder, each of which carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office.

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