Last Modified: Monday, October 21, 2013 9:50 AM
JENNINGS — Voters in Jennings on Saturday unseated an incumbent councilman and another is headed to a Nov. 16 runoff, and rural voters approved property tax measures for fire protection, road and drainage improvements.
In the Jennings City Council District A race Carolyn K. Simon unseated incumbent Rogeous “Randy” Lawdins. Simon garnered 127 votes, or 52 percent, to defeat Lawdins, who received 116 votes, or 48 percent. Voter turnout was 19 percent.
In the District D seat Janet M. Jones and incumbent Anthony “Coach” LeBlanc are headed for a Nov. 16 runoff.
Jones led the race with 82 votes, or 42 percent, to LeBlanc’s 79 votes, or 41 percent, with a voter turnout of nearly 19 percent. A third candidate, Wilton Journet Sr., finished with 33 votes, or 17 percent.
Voters in the Fenton area approved a new 10-mill property tax for operation and maintenance of Fire Protection District 5. The tax passed 94-29, or 76 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of almost 12 percent. It will bring in $220,330 annually.
Voters in rural areas of Jennings and Lake Arthur approved a 10-year, 11.33-mill property tax for Road District 10 of Wards 1, 2 and 3 by a 144-72 vote, or 67 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of 5 percent. The tax, which generates $565,470 a year, provides for operation and maintenance of roads and bridges in the district.
Voters in Road District 12 of Wards 6,7 and 8, overwhelmingly approved continuance of a 10-year, 10.94-mill property tax for maintenance and improvement by a 96-41 vote, or 70 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of 4 percent. The tax, which generates $481,600 annually, is for the upkeep of roads and bridges in the areas south of Welsh, Lacassine and Roanoke.
Voters in Fire Protection District 1 in the Roanoke area overwhelmingly approved the continuance of a 10-year, 10.49-mill property tax that will bring in $33,422 annually for maintenance and operation of facilities and equipment. The tax passed 28-11, or 72 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of nearly 7 percent.
Voters in Fire Protection District 3 (Woodlawn, Lacassine, Bayou Chene and Welsh) renewed a 10-year, 3.59-mill property tax for construction and improvement of facilities and equipment by a vote of 67-30, or 69 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of 3 percent. It generates $146,600.
A 10-year, 5-mill property tax for maintenance and operation of Fire Protection District 4 was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 82-21, or 80 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of 8 percent. The tax generates $76,280 annually for the district, which covers the area outside of Lake Arthur.
Voters in the Broadmore Gravity Drainage District in the Lake Arthur area renewed a 10-year, 8.8-mill property tax for maintenance and operation in a landslide vote of 108-27, or 80 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of nearly 5 percent. It generates $176,000.
Voters in Gravity Sub-Drainage District A of Gravity Drainage District 1, also in the Lake Arthur area, renewed a 10-year, 11.39-mill property tax for maintenance and operation by a wide margin. The tax, which generated $96,370, passed 24-6, or 80 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of 8 percent.
Voters in Grand Marais Gravity Drainage District, which includes the areas north of Jennings and areas surrounding Jennings, passed a 10-year, 6.7-mill property tax renewal for maintenance and operation by a vote of 80-23, or 78 percent in favor, with a voter turnout of 5 percent. It generates $140,338.
Voters in Gravity Drainage District 9, which includes the area south of Welsh, approved a 10-year, 9.21-mill property tax renewal for maintenance and operation by a vote of 8-4, or 67 percent in favor, with a nearly 2 percent voter turnout. It generates $107,849.
Beauregard Parish voters on Saturday approved a parishwide property tax that helps fund public schools in the parish.
The 10-year, 21.35-mill tax was approved 1,250-479, or 72 percent to 28 percent, according to complete but unofficial returns from the secretary of state.
The tax will be increased 2.20 mills over the tax that was approved by parish voters in 2003. The millage is expected to raise $4.76 million annually.
Voters in Fire Protection District 1 approved a 4.97-mill property tax renewal for 10 years by a 360-122 margin, or 75 percent to 25 percent. The tax is a 0.56-mill increase over the tax that was approved in 2004. The 10-year millage is expected to generate $511,910 annually.
Voters in Road District 1-A rejected a new 24.36-mill, 10-year tax that was shrouded in controversy by a vote of 69-58, or 54 percent to 46 percent. The ballot said the tax would raise $365,000 annually. But Tax Assessor Brent Rutherford said increased property values in the Starks and Fields area would cause the millage to raise $850,000.
The property tax was on the books until 2008. Voters rejected the tax in 2009 and 2010.
OBERLIN — Voters in the Ward 3 area of Allen Parish elected Dawn Perkins as justice of the peace in Saturday’s special election.
Perkins got 142 votes, or 60 percent, according to complete but unofficial returns from the secretary of state. Challenger Miranda “Mandy” Fontenot got 93 votes, or 40 percent.
Voter turnout for the justice of the peace race was 19 percent.
Perkins will succeed Billie Faye Felice, whose resignation forced the special election.
The item was the only thing on the ballot.
‘‘Joe’’ Simmons won the Ward 3 constable/justice of the peace position Saturday.
Simmons defeated Allen ‘‘Shane’’ Jeane 167-111, or 60 percent to 40 percent, according to complete but unofficial returns from the secretary of state.
David Delrie was elected Simpson chief of police by a 194-94 vote, or 67 percent to 33 percent, over Houston ‘‘Tully’’ Barnes.
Road District 7 voters approved a 7.38-mill, 10-year tax by a 226-184 margin, or 55 percent to 45 percent. The millage, which is increased 2.3 mills over the tax that voters approved in 2004, is expected to raise nearly $120,000 annually.
District voters also renewed a 2.95-mill, 10-year property tax by 213-193, or 52 percent to 48 percent.
The tax is a 0.92-mill increase over a millage approved in 2004. The tax is expected to generate nearly $48,000 a year.