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.