Recap: Eight of nine taxes approved
In this time of voters typically voting down any and all tax propositions, residents across Acadia Parish went out Saturday and approved eight of nine proposals.
The lone proposition defeated, according to complete but unofficial returns, was in the Church Point area where a new $25 parcel fee to fund Fire Protection District No. 10 failed by a vote of 1,034 to 948, or 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
The parcel fee would have generated about $138,850 annually.
All eight propositions approved were renewals.
Parishwide, voters okayed renewal of a 2.12-mill property tax to fund maintenance and operations at the Cooperative Extension Office (AgCenter) and the Multi-Purpose Facility (Rice Arena).
That proposition had been defeated in December, 2018, by a vote of 5,182 to 3,209.
This time around, more voters voted in favor of the proposal than the total turnout in 2018.
According to complete but unofficial returns on Saturday, the 10-year millage was approved by a final vote of 10,549, or 58.3 percent, to 7,549, or 41.9 percent.
“First, on behalf of the LSU AgCenter, I would like to thank the parish for their support of all of the programs and services from our Acadia Parish office. It can be difficult sometime to fully see the impacts that you are making and the importance of your work,” Dr. Kurt Guidry, regional director, and Kayla Segura, extension agent, said in a joint statement Monday morning.
“I like to think that the renewal of the millage is verification that the people of Acadia Parish value what we do and that we are making a positive impact. The renewal ensures that we will be able to continue to provide our programs and services and gives us the opportunity to continue to explore ways to strengthen and expand our reach.
“I would encourage the people of Acadia Parish to utilize the services and programs we offer so that we can continue to provide a positive impact throughout the parish.”
Parishwide turnout was 46 percent.
The tax lost in only nine of the parish’s 54 voting precincts, mostly in the Church Point, Richard and Iota areas. It lost by one vote — 51-50 — in Ward 6, Precinct 6, Old Ross High School.
The 2.12 mills is expected to generate $818,000 annually.
Voters in Crowley overwhelmingly approved four tax renewals, three of them by more than a 2-1 margin.
Proposition 1, a 5-mill renewal to help fund salaries for police and fire department personnel, passed by a vote of 2,456 to 1,097, or 69.1 percent to 30.9 percent.
Proposition 2, a 5-mill renewal to fund street maintenance in the city passed by a vote of 2,392 to 1,138, or 67.8 percent to 32.2 percent.
Proposition 3, a 5-mill renewal to fund maintenance of city-owned buildings and drainage facilities, was approved 2,383 to 1,133, or 67.8 percent to 32.2 percent.
Proposition 4, a 0.75-mill renewal to fund cemetery maintenance, passed 2,334 to 1,181, or 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent.
The 5-mill taxes are expected to generate approximately $382,547annually; the 0.75-mill tax about $57.444.
All four propositions received favorable votes in all Crowley precincts.
In other elections across Acadia Parish:
• Voters in the Rayne area approved renewal of a 10-mill property tax by a margin of 86 votes — 1,034 to 948, or 71.9 percent to 28.1 percent — for Fire Protection District No. 9.
That millage is expected to generate $426,000 annually for 10 years.
• In the Branch area, voters in Fire Protection District No. 6 by a 3-1 margin, approved renewal of an 8.01-mill tax to fund the volunteer department.
That tax is expected to generate $152,190 annually.
• A 5-mill renewal to fund drainage in the Iota-Long Point area was approved by a vote of 832 to 364, or 69.6 percent to 30.4 percent.
The millage will generate about $70,500 annually.
Voting machines will be opened and returns verified today.