Last Modified: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 10:34 PM
Millions of people headed to the polls today to decide the future of the county.
While the presidential race is probably tops on the minds of most voters, there were plenty of other state and local elections that will have a profound impact of our lives.
The following is unofficial results for the Louisiana Constitutional Amendments, a parish-by-parish breakdown on the option for term limits for school board members and a list of parish specific items.
• No. 1: Would constitutionally protect the Medicaid Trust Fund. STATUS: Passes.
• No. 2: Would require that any laws restricting the right to keep and bear arms be subject to strict scrutiny, the highest level of judicial review. STATUS: Passes.
• No. 3: Would require earlier notice on bills that are filed affecting the state’s public retirement system. STATUS: Passes.
• No. 4: Would allow a spouse of a deceased veteran who had a 100 percent service-related disability rating to claim a higher homestead exemption even if the exemption was not in effect when the veteran died. STATUS: Passes.
• No. 5: Would allow courts to include forfeiture of a portion of a public retirement benefit as part of a sentence for a public servant convicted of a felony related to his or her office. STATUS: Passes.
• No. 6: Would allow New Iberia to grant city property tax exemptions to any property owner annexed into the city after Jan. 1. 2013. STATUS: Fails.
• No. 7: Would adjust the membership of certain boards and commissions to reflect the loss of one congressional district as a result of the 2010 census. STATUS: Passes.
• No. 8: Would allow parishes to permit a local 10-year property tax exemption for certain non-manufacturing businesses locating or expanding in the parish. STATUS: Passes.
• No. 9: Would require an increase in the number of times that bills to create crime prevention or security districts must be advertised and require the specifics of the bills to be listed the advertisement. STATUS: Passes.
Voters in each parish decided the fate of a proposal that limits school board members to serving three four-year consecutive terms beginning after Jan. 1, 2014.
• CALCASIEU: Passes.
• CAMERON: Passes.
• BEAUREGARD: Passes.
• JEFF DAVIS: Passes.
• ALLEN: Passes.
• VERNON: Passes.
• School Board member District 3: Bobby Odom and Steven Sumbler in runoff.
• Oakdale mayor: Andrew Hayes (I) and Gene Paul in runoff.
• Oakdale council, District 2: Fredrick “Pos” Douglas wins.
• Oakdale council, District 3: Ervin Willis Sr. wins.
• Oberlin alderman, District 3: Linda “Whip” Boulden wins.
• Oberlin alderman at large: Wayne Courville wins.
• The Allen Parish Police Jury is seeking voter approval of a 10-year, 4-mill maintenance tax for the Allen Parish courthouse and jail. The tax helps cover the cost of maintenance, insurance, utilities and repairs for all parish buildings and offices, including the courthouse complex. It will generate $308,000 annually. STATUS: Passes.
• The Police Jury is also seeking continuance of a 10-year, 5.30-mill maintenance tax for roads and bridges in Road District 5 in the Oakdale area. It is a .18-mill increase over the current 5.12 mills. It would generate $140,000 annually. STATUS: Passes.
• Allen Parish Fire District No. 6 is seeking voter approval to issue $400,000 in 15-year general obligation bonds. Interest rates on the bonds will be paid off with ad valorem taxes of about four mills. The money will be used to buy communication equipment, two brush trucks, bunker gear, a vehicle for the fire chief and other items needed by the department, according to Fire District Board President Richard Earl. The district serves the rural areas of Ward 5, excluding the city limits of Oakdale and Elizabeth. STATUS: Passes.
• Merryville police chief: Craig Lanier wins.
• Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 1.5-mill tax for operating, maintaining and improving Burton Coliseum and funding other agricultural and community services. It will generate $2.3 million annually. STATUS: Passes.
• Calcasieu Parish, Fire Protection District No. 1, Ward 1 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 7-mill tax for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining or operating fire protection or emergency medical service facilities, vehicles and equipment, including salaries and benefits, cost of obtaining water, communication, equipment, uniforms, other materials and supplies, fire hydrant rentals and service, fuel, insurance and maintenance for vehicles and equipment, insurance, utilities and upkeep of buildings and grounds, and all other maintenance and operating costs. It will generate $399,633 annually. STATUS: Passes.
• Calcasieu Parish, Fire Protection District No. 2, Ward 4 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 8.5-mill tax for maintaining, operating, and developing fire protection facilities, purchasing fire trucks and other fire fighting equipment and acquiring, improving and constructing fire protection facilities. It will generate $1.1 million annually. STATUS: Passes.
• Vinton wants to continue a 10-year, half-penny sales tax to fund street overlay projects and the town’s fire department, to include maintenance of buildings and equipment. It generates about $168,611 annually. STATUS: Passes.
• Constable Justice of the Peace Ward 4: John “Buck” Stephenson wins.
• Welsh mayor: Carolyn Louviere wins.
• Welsh alderman (5 to be elected): Allen Ardoin, Hugh Fruge, Robert “Bob” Owens, Becky Hudson and Charles Drake win.
• Welsh police chief: Marcus Crochet wins.
• Fenton alderman (3 to be elected): “Curtis Red” Dickens, Clifford Brian Leday and Mary Jones win.
• The Police Jury is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 9.9-mills tax for Jefferson Davis Central Waterworks District, north of Welsh. The money will be used for maintenance and operation of the district. It will bring in $435,600 annually. STATUS: Passes.
• Anacoco mayor: Keith Lewing wins.
• Anacoco council members (3 to be elected): Shane Freeman; LaVerne Miers and Mark Phillips win.
• Simpson mayor: Donnis Brinkley wins.