High school tax plan back on Evangeline ballot

Ville Platte voters will be asked one more time to approve a property tax for building and maintaining a new high school.

The Evangeline Parish School Board voted 9-3 Monday night to declare an emergency and put the proposal on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

The board's alternative was to tell U.S. Dist. Judge Tucker Melancon that it would not try another tax election. He then, he had previously said, would put in motion the Justice Department's preferred option - close the high school and send students to the parish's other high schools.

Melancon has instructed the board's staff to begin mapping out details of that option, which he has indicated will be implemented for the next school year should voters, for the third time, reject the Nov. 4 proposal.

A new wrinkle in the tax call is the proviso tha a sales tax would replace all or part of the property tax should the Legislature at a future point approve rasing the sales tax ceiling to 10 percent.

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