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City leaders concerned over cost of Mooretown sign

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Shreveport City Council Chairman Michael Corbin describes the 2014 budget as tight. Shreveport City Council Chairman Michael Corbin describes the 2014 budget as tight.
The sign welcoming visitors to Mooretown is already under construction at the corner of Hollywood Ave. & Kennedy Dr. in Shreveport. The sign welcoming visitors to Mooretown is already under construction at the corner of Hollywood Ave. & Kennedy Dr. in Shreveport.
The 2200 square foot streetscape includes landscaping, irrigation and masonry. The 2200 square foot streetscape includes landscaping, irrigation and masonry.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Some city leaders are taking issue with an elaborate sign being constructed in Shreveport's Mooretown neighborhood.

Even though state funding has been secured, there are other costs associated with the project the city describes as an attractive gateway into one of the most historic neighborhoods.

But Shreveport City Council Chairman Michael Corbin describes the 2014 budget as tight. "We are right in the middle of budget deliberations on our 2014 budget, we're in a situation where we're not giving employees raises in a number of years." 

Representative Barbara Norton, who spearheaded the project, says she's already secured 20,000 dollars from the state, and she did that back in 2011. The rest of the funding is expected to come from the city's Community Development Program.

The 2200 square foot piece of property includes landscaping, irrigation and masonry. Corbin says, like other areas of Shreveport that have gateway structures, it'll require upkeep by city workers.

City council member Joe Shyne, whose district includes the area where the sign will be, says the project is a waste of taxpayer money during a time when both the state and the city are dealing with deep cuts.

In a press release announcing the development Representative Norton writes, "The purpose of the project is to provide a point of pride in the Mooretown community and relate some of the history of the area on a plaque to be located within the landscape."

Norton and Mayor Cedric Glover are planning an official unveiling for the sign, but no date has been set.

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