Early voting for May 3 elections underway

By By Doris Maricle / American Press

Early voting began Saturday for the May 3 elections in Southwest Louisiana. Voters may cast ballots 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

through April 26 at voter registrar offices.

In Calcasieu Parish, voting will be

held in the parish courthouse, 1000 Ryan St.; West Calcasieu Business

Center, 500 N. Huntington

St. in Sulphur; and the Moss Bluff Library, 261 Parish Road.

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

Voters should take a driver’s license, Louisiana special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID.

Items on the ballots in Southwest Louisiana:

Allen Parish

Continuance of a 10-year, 5.15-mill parishwide property tax to 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.

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 Fairview High School in Grant. The

rate represents a 3.88-mill increase. It will generate $111,400 a year.

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 — Christopher “Chris” Duncan, incumbent, 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 parishwide 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 in 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 in 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 parishwide 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 information, call voter

registrar offices: Allen, 639-4966; Beauregard, 463-7955; Calcasieu,

437-3572; Cameron, 775-5493;

Jeff Davis, 824-0834; and Vernon, 239-3690.

Online: www.geauxvote.com.