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State to borrow money to take control of defunct sugar cane mill in Lacassine

Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:07 PM

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain will borrow $7 million to take control of a defunct sugar cane mill in Southwest Louisiana that was built with state tax dollars and only operational for 90 days.

Strain received approval Thursday from the Bond Commission to borrow the money through a bond sale and repay it over 10 years.

The mill is teetering on default of its debt payments. Strain says if the state doesn't buy out the mill, a bank would take over the property and the agriculture department wouldn't be able to sell it or lease it to recoup some of its investment.

Strain said his department has spent $78 million to build and maintain the Lacassine mill constructed under his predecessor, Bob Odom. It was appraised for less than $7 million.

Posted By: Randy On: 11/15/2012

Title: Wait

Borrowing 7 million to keep a mill that is appraised at 7 million????
Sounds to me like the smart thing to do is let it go to the bank.

Posted By: allison On: 11/15/2012

Title: wth?!?!

I would like to know the same question as Rita asked?!?!?!?!????????

Posted By: Rita LeBleu On: 11/15/2012

Title: Huh?

Did I read this correctly. The state paid $78 million for it and now, since it proved to be a bad investment, they want $7 million more. Will someone post to clarify, please. DeQuincy just lost hundreds of jobs to "save state funds", right?

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