The following answers were provided by Eric Lowe running for Council District 6 in St. Tammany Parish:

1. What do you think is the single most important drainage issue in your district and what are your proposals to solve and fund it?

The flooding that occurs north and east of Abita Springs after heavy rains.  I cannot make an informed decision on how to combat this issue without first consulting with professionals as to the best way to go about fixing a problem that has existed for decades.  I have lived in St. Tammany for almost 25 years and have encountered this flooding on Highway 59 for that entire time.  Obviously, it is a difficult problem and the best question is why have the incumbent council members NOT YET FIXED IT?

2. What is your definition of economic development in St. Tammany Parish? What criteria should be used in granting property tax exemptions and what property tax exemptions do you support?

My definition?  More jobs, but at what cost?  The residents of the 6th district live there because it is rural in nature.  We moved there so we would not have to put up with a Veterans Blvd., Magazine St., or Highway 190, one block over.  Tax exemptions are the key to bringing in new business, and the exemptions should be as generous as possible.  I don’t want to be accused of the “not in my backyard” attitude, so, as the councilman for the 6th district, I would have to examine what other members propose for their districts and vote accordingly.  

3. Should the parish government acquire, operate and maintain private sewage and water systems?  Why or why not?

The less the government controls the better life is for all.

4. Heavy rain events are becoming more frequent and severe.  How has this impacted your district?  What are your plans for mitigating the effects?

See answer #1 above.