§2740.38. Shreveport; downtown development district
A. The legislature hereby finds and declares that it is necessary for the public health, safety,
and welfare of the city of Shreveport that the property value deterioration, in the principal area or
areas of the city of Shreveport zoned for business and known generally as the central business
district be halted, since the said central business district is the center of commercial, civic, and
cultural activities of the metropolitan area.
B.(1)(a) A special taxing district created by Act No. 573 of the 1975 Regular Session and
any amendment thereto within the city of Shreveport was and shall continue to be recognized as
a downtown development district and is composed of that area of the city of Shreveport described
Beginning at intersection of the eastern city limit line of the city of Shreveport and the
northwesterly right-of-way line of Interstate 20, proceed southeasterly along said city limit line,
between the banks of the Red River, to the extension of the southern boundary line of that certain
property bearing geography number 171305001001600; then follow the southeastern and
southwestern boundary of said property to the southern right-of-way line of Stoner Avenue
extended; then proceed westerly, following said southern right-of-way line to the western right-of-way line of Louisiana Highway 1; then proceed north and northwesterly to the southeast right-of-way line of Sixth Street; then proceed westerly to the western right-of-way line of Marshall Street;
then proceed northwesterly to the southern right-of-way line of Davis Street; then proceed westerly
along Davis Street and an extension of its southern right-of-way line to the western right-of-way
line of Louisiana Avenue; then proceed northerly to the southern right-of-way line of Interstate 20;
then proceed southwesterly, past the northeast bound exit interchange of Interstate 49; from the
intersection of Interstate 20 and the northbound exit of interchange of Interstate 49, proceed due
north, crossing Murphy Street, to the southeast corner of that certain property bearing geography
number 181436037003100 and follow said property's eastern boundary line to the southeast
corner of that certain property bearing geography number 181436005100; then continue northerly
along the eastern boundary of that certain property bearing geography number 181436035002700
to the southwest corner of that certain property bearing geography number 181436033004900;
then proceed northerly along the western boundaries of those certain properties bearing geography
numbers 181436020001700; 181436019002900; and 181436017001300 to the northeast
corner of the intersection of Ford Street/Caddo Street and Pete Harris Drive/North Western
Avenue; then proceed along the eastern right-of-way line of North Western Avenue to the
southeast corner of the intersection of North Western Avenue and Patzman Street; then proceed
easterly along the northern boundaries of those properties bearing geography numbers
181437002006500; 18143700200600; 181437002006700; and 181437001003700 to the
northeast corner of that certain property bearing geography number 181437001003700 at its
intersection with the western right-of-way line of Common Street; then proceed northwesterly
along said right-of-way line of Common Street; then proceed northwesterly along said right-of-
way line of the point of intersection with the center line of Cross Bayou; then proceed easterly and
southeasterly along center line of Cross Bayou to an intersection with the easterly city limit line of
the city of Shreveport, between the banks of the Red River, thence southeasterly along said city
limit line to point of beginning.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, if the boundaries of the
district are expanded to include territory not originally included within the district boundaries, the
city council shall call an election for the purpose of submitting any existing ad valorem tax or bonds,
or both, to the qualified electors residing in the expanded territory for their approval or rejection;
however, if there are no qualified electors residing in the expanded territory as certified by the
registrar of voters, no such election shall be required. No tax shall be levied in the expanded
territory and no bonds secured by a tax levied in the expanded territory shall be issued unless the
question of levying such tax or issuing such bonds is approved by the favorable vote of a majority
of the electors voting in the election.
(2) The said special taxing district is known as and shall continue to be hereby designated
as the Shreveport Downtown Development District.
C.(1) The Shreveport Downtown Development District, hereinafter referred to as the
"district," shall be governed by the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority hereinafter
referred to as the "authority", originally established by Ordinance No. 47 of 1975 of the city council
of the city of Shreveport. The members of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority shall
be composed of two nonvoting members: the mayor of the city of Shreveport and the executive
director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority and seven voting members who shall
be appointed by the mayor of the city of Shreveport (the "mayor"), subject to confirmation by the
city council as follows:
(a) One member from a list of three nominees submitted to the mayor by Downtown
(b) One member from a list of three nominees submitted to the mayor by the Shreveport
Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce or its successor.
(c) One member from a list of three nominees submitted to the mayor by the Greater
Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.
(d) One member from a list of three nominees submitted to the mayor by the Downtown
Shreveport Development Corporation.
(e) One member from a list of three nominees submitted to the mayor by the state senators
whose senatorial districts are defined by R.S. 24:35.1(A)(37) as District 37 and by R.S.
24:35.1(A)(39) as District 39 and by the state representative whose representative district is
defined by R.S. 24:35.5(A)(4) as District 4.
(f) Two members from a list of seven nominees submitted to the mayor by the Shreveport
city council members.
(2) All members of the authority, other than elected officials, shall reside in the district or
have their personal principal place of business or office in the district or own property in the district.
(3) The terms of the members shall be three years and they may be reappointed.
(4) A vacancy occurring for any cause shall be filled by using the above order and
procedure until the board membership is composed as described above. Thereafter, vacancies will
be filled by this procedure, with nominations originating from the same group that appointed the
D.(1) The authority shall elect a chairman, vice chairman, and a secretary-treasurer from
among its members. The terms of the officers shall be one year, but any officer shall be eligible for
reelection. The authority shall adopt such rules for the transaction of its business as it deems
necessary and shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, studies, findings, and
determinations, which record shall be public record.
(2) The authority shall be empowered to employ an executive director and such other
employees as are necessary to carry out the functions of the authority.
E.(1) It shall be the function and duty of the authority to formulate the program to
implement the various development plans for the district heretofore or hereafter submitted, and it
shall revise or amend its decisions from time to time as it sees fit. Such a program shall implement
the various plans with the responsibility of aiding and encouraging private development of the area,
promoting and coordinating public development, and encouraging and aiding in the preservation,
revitalization, and beautification of public and private property within the district.
(2) In carrying out such programs, the authority may consult with all departments of the
city of Shreveport and such other public or private agencies as are concerned with matters affecting
or affected by the program. The authority may conduct studies and, based thereon, may make such
recommendations as it determines are calculated to implement the intent and purposes of this
Section. The authority's program may provide, with the approval of the city council, for public
financial assistance for the preservation, revitalization, and beautification of public and private
development within the district.
F.(1) In order to provide funds for the implementation of the proposals and programs of
the district, the authority shall submit to the city council, with its proposals and programs,
recommendations and proposals for the levy of special ad valorem taxes not to exceed at any given
time an aggregate of ten mills on the dollar of assessed valuation on all property situated within the
district. The proceeds of any such ad valorem tax shall be used solely and exclusively for the
purposes and benefit of the district, and said proceeds may be expended or made available by the
authority for administration costs, operational expenses, acquiring property by purchase, donation,
exchange, or otherwise but not by expropriation, the preservation, revitalization, or beautification
of public and private property within the district, project expenses or the retirement of bonds or
other evidence of indebtedness. However, the proceeds of any such ad valorem tax shall not be
used for any motel or lodging industry which would compete with any such existing private
enterprise in the district. Any property acquired thereby shall be disposed of only in accordance
with R.S. 33:4712.
(2) The authority may also submit recommendations and proposals for the issuance of
bonds or other evidences of indebtedness, which may be secured by all or part of the proceeds
of said ad valorem tax or ad valorem taxes authorized herein. The proposals, both for the levy of
any special ad valorem tax or for the issuance of bonds, shall be submitted to the Shreveport city
council for approval. Any proposal for the levy of a special ad valorem tax shall state the rate,
object, and purpose for which the ad valorem tax is to be levied, and the number of years it is to
be levied and collected, and, if the proceeds of any ad valorem tax are to be funded into bonds to
be issued pursuant to this Section, the maximum amount of bonds to be issued, the number of years
for which the bonds are to run, and the maximum rate of interest on the bonds. If the city council
approves the proposal or proposals, it shall call an election for the purpose of submitting the
proposition for the ad valorem tax or for the bonds, or both, to the qualified electors of the city of
Shreveport for their approval or rejection. The election shall be called and held in accordance with
the applicable laws of the state of Louisiana, and each proposition shall require, for approval, the
favorable vote of a majority of the qualified electors of the city voting in the election. Any ad
valorem taxes levied under authority of this Section shall be in addition to all the taxes the city
council is now or hereafter may be authorized by law to levy and collect. All services and
programs to be provided to the district from the proceeds of any such tax shall be in addition to
the tax services, programs, and projects which would normally be provided to the district by the
city government either at present or in the future. All ad valorem taxes levied within the district
pursuant to previous legislation shall remain authorized pursuant to this Section, notwithstanding the
repeal of legislation authorizing said ad valorem taxes.
(3) The city council shall review and consider any plans submitted within thirty days
following the submission to it by the authority, and shall adopt or reject such plan by majority vote
of its members. If the city council adopts such a plan, it shall become final and conclusive and the
ad valorem tax shall be levied as provided herein. If the city council rejects the plan, it shall notify
the authority of this action, and the authority may again, and from time to time, prepare and submit
to the city council for its review, consideration, adoption, or rejection in accordance with the
procedures provided herein, a plan setting forth the matters hereinabove prescribed. Any rejection
by the council should consist of specific written analyses and suggestions for improvement of the
plan. Further, it shall be required that technical assistance shall be provided by the city council if
required by the authority in order that the plans may be improved.
(4) Each plan submitted or resubmitted shall set forth the projects recommended, the
estimated cost thereof, recommendations for funding, and such other information as required by
this Section or by the authority or by the city council.
G. Any bonds or other evidences of indebtedness issued pursuant to this Section shall be
issued by the city council by resolution or ordinance and shall be of such series, bear such date or
dates, mature at such time or times, bear interest at such rate or rates, be in such denominations,
be in such form, carry such registration and exchangeability privileges, be payable at such place or
places, be subject to such terms of redemption, be entitled to such priorities on the ad valorem
taxes authorized herein to be levied by the city council in the district and contained such other
terms, all as provided in the proceedings adopted by the city council authorizing the issuance of the
bonds and providing for the security thereof. Such bonds or other evidences of indebtedness may
be sold by the city council at public or private sale. The authority of the city council to issue bonds
of the city pursuant to this Section shall be in addition to any other authority now or hereafter
conferred on the city council to issue bonds or other evidences of indebtedness.
H. If any provision or item of this Act or the application thereof is held invalid, such
invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items, or applications of this Section which can be given
effect without the invalid provisions, items, or applications, and to this end the provisions of this
Section are hereby declared severable.
I. All laws or parts of laws in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
Acts 2004, No. 362, §2, eff. June 21, 2004; Acts 2008, No. 474, §1; Acts 2009, No.
423, §1, eff. July 7, 2009; Acts 2015, No. 96, §1.
NOTE: See Acts 2004, No. 362, §3, relative to repeal of Acts 1975, No. 573,
Acts 1978, No. 554, Acts 1980, No. 411, Acts 1984, No. 163, and Acts 2003,