Richard area voters to decide fee renewal
Voters in the northern area of Acadia Parish will be going to the polls on April 5 to decide the fate of a fee renewal to fund fire protection.
Residents of Fire Protection District No. 1 have been paying a $50 parcel fee dedicated to paying expenses associated with fire protection. The renewal is for a period of 10 years, beginning this year.
If renewed, the fee will be levied on “each lot, subdivided portion of ground or individual tract upon which is located, either in whole or in part, a residential or commercial structure, regardless of the structure’s being occupied or unoccupied.”
Based on current population, the fee is expected to raise an estimated $42,000 annually.
Approximately 1,300 registered voters will cast ballots at four voting precincts — two at Richard Elementary School, one at Church Point City Hall and one at the LSU-Eunice Health & Physical Education Building — on April 5.
The last day for persons to register to vote in the April 5 election will be March 5, according to Billie J. Meyer, Registrar of Voters.
Regular office hours for the Registrar’s office are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is located at 568 NW Court Circle, on the grounds of the Acadia Parish Courthouse.
Proper identification is required to register, including a current Louisiana driver’s license or identification card, a birth certificate and/or a Baptismal certificate.
Early voting for the April 5 election will be Saturday, March 22, through Saturday, March 29, with the exception of Sunday, March 23.
For early voting, office hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Meyer reminds that voters will be required to present proper identification to vote — a driver’s license or ID card and voter identification card.
Voters who require assistance during early voting or when they go to their voting precincts on election day are required to bring a physician’s certificate or excuse stating the reason they need assistance. This document is to be given to the Registrar or to the Commissioner-in-Charge to be delivered to the Registrar.
Meyer added that a meeting of the Acadia Parish Board of Election Supervisors will be held in the Registrar’s office on Friday, March 14, to draw the commissioners for the April 5 election. This meeting is open to the general public.