Voters reject nine mills tax
CROWLEY – Voters went to the polls Saturday to vote on parish-wide tax propositions.
On the ballot was the Law Enforcement District Proposition, a 5-year, 9 mills tax for the purpose of providing additional funding for the Acadia Parish Law Enforcement District, including paying the salaries and benefits of deputies, acquiring, operating and maintaining vehicles and communications equipment, and providing additional funding for operations and training. Parish voters overwhelmingly rejected the tax, by 83.02 percent, or 6,135 ballots.
Fire Protection District No. 3 had two propositions to be considered. The first was a 10 year parcel fee of $25 per lot on land which has a structure, in whole or in part, residential or commercial, occupied or unoccupied, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating fire protection facilities and equipment, including the cost of obtaining water. The tax was passed, by 66.55 percent, or 197 ballots.
The second was a 10 year, 5.13 mills property tax continuation for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and/or operating fire protection facilities and equipment, including the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes, and all purposes incidental thereto. Voters responded favorably to the proposition, passing it by 54.36 percent, or 156 ballots.
The town of Church Point considered a proposition for a one percent sales and use tax, to be used for any lawful corporate purpose, including the operation of senior citizen programs and paying the cost of constructing and maintaining capital improvements. The tax is replacing a seven mills ad valorem tax currently being levied for general purposes, with the proceeds of the tax being funded in bonds. Church Point residents rejected the tax, by 54.63 percent or 425 ballots.
Polling places opened at 6 a.m. on election day and remained open until 8 p.m.