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Don’t Forget To Vote Today In The May 3rd Election

May 3 general election is going on now from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find out what’s on the ballot and here.

 

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Polls are open now in the following locations for early voting:

In Calcasieu Parish- parish courthouse, 1000 Ryan St.; West Calcasieu Business Center at 500 N. Huntington St. in Sulphur and the Moss Bluff Library located at 261 Parish Road.

In Cameron Parish, residents can vote at the West Annex located at 148 Smith Circle, next to the parish courthouse.

Voting hours are 8:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. at all locations.  Remember to bring your driver’s license, Louisiana special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID.

So what’s on the ballot?  Calcasieu voters will decide on the following items:

Allen Parish

Continuance of a 10-year, 5.15-mill (1 mill is equivalent to $1 in taxes per $1,000 in taxable value) parish wide property tax.  This tax will provide additional support to public schools, including teacher salaries and benefits. The rate represents a 0.02-mill increase. It will generate $438,600 a year.

About 85 percent of the revenue is used for teacher salaries and benefits for the system’s 680 employees, with the remaining revenue providing for “general expenses,” like utilities, transportation needs, supplies and daily operating expenses.

School District 3 — continuance of a 10-year, 7.74-mill property tax for operation of Reeves High School. The rate represents a 0.54-mill increase. It will generate $93,300 a year.

School District 4A — continuance of a 10-year, 23.62-mill property tax for operations of Fair view High School in Grant. The rate represents a 3.88-mill increase and will generate $111,400 a year.

Allen Parish School Board Finance Director Wilfred Bourne said, “the revenues are vital to the maintenance and operation of both K-12 schools and provide about half of the maintenance money needed to operate the schools.”

Beauregard Parish

Fire Protection District 2 (Ragley) — continuance of a 10-year, 6.81-mill property tax for maintenance and operation of fire protection facilities. The rate represents a 0.67-mill increase. It will generate $374,550 annually.

Calcasieu Parish

Sulphur mayor runoff between Christopher “Chris” Duncan and Ronald “Ron” LeLeux.

Sulphur City Council District 4 — Joseph “Randy” Favre Jr., incumbent, and Jeremy Grant. The election was postponed from April 5 due to the death of a candidate.

Renewal of a 10-year, half-cent parish wide sales tax to supplement salaries of teachers and other Calcasieu Parish School Board employees.  It will generate $22 million a year.

Renewal of 10-year, 3.50-mill tax for maintenance and operation of Calcasieu Parish public schools. It will generate $5.9 million annually.

Lake Charles — continuance of a 25-year, one-cent sales tax for operation and improvement of streets, bridges and street lighting, along with operation of fire, police, sanitation, recreation, public works and other departments. It will generate $21 million a year.

Lake Charles — continuance of a 10-year, quarter-cent sales tax to maintain the salaries and benefits of city employees, including the police, fire and public works departments. It will generate $5.3 million a year.

Ward 3 Recreation District 1 — $16 million bond issue for improvement, maintenance and construction of recreational facilities. The estimated rate will be 3.3 mills in the first year of issue.

Ward 3 Recreation District 1 — 10-year, 5.5-mill property tax for maintenance and operation of recreational facilities. It will generate $3.2 million a year.

Ward 2 Gravity Drainage District 9 (Bell City-Hayes) — 10-year, 14.6-mill property tax for district maintenance and operations. It will generate $278,915 a year.

Wards 3 and 8 Waterworks District 8 (LeBlue Settlement) — 10-year, 6.24-mill property tax for waterworks system maintenance and operation. It will generate $118,026 annually.

Cameron Parish

Cameron Parish Police Jury, Consolidated Garbage District 1 — renewal of a 10-year, 7.86-mill property tax for maintenance and operation of garbage collection and disposal services. It will generate $2 million a year.

Cameron Parish Police Jury, Fire Protection District 1 (Cameron) — renewal of a 10-year, 5-mill property tax for operation and maintenance of fire protection facilities. It will generate $162,900 a year.

Cameron Parish, Gravity Drainage District 9 (Hackberry) — renewal of a 10-year, 4.5-mill property tax for operation and maintenance of drainage systems. It will generate $216,800 a year.

Cameron Parish Police Jury, Fire Protection District 1 (Hackberry) — renewal of a 10-year, 4.71-mill property tax for operation and maintenance of fire protection facilities. It will generate $191,500 a year.

Cameron Parish, Waterworks District 7 (Creole) — renewal of a 10-year, 6.68-mill property tax for water system operation and maintenance. It will generate $111,690 annually.

Jeff Davis Parish

A new 10-year, half-cent parish wide sales tax for maintenance and operation of a new jail. It will generate $2.1 million a year.

Vernon Parish

Leesville City Council District 1 runoff — Charles Randall Haymon and Chris Robertson. Incumbent Pat Martinez didn’t seek re-election.

For more info, call voter registrar offices: Calcasieu, 437-3572; Allen, 639-4966; Beauregard, 463-7955; Cameron, 775-5493; Jeff Davis, 824-0834; and Vernon, 239-3690.  For a complete sample ballot or to check your registration status go to www.geauxvote.com or Registrar of Voters Office.

 

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