Election Roundup: Voters approve bonds to improve to Sulphur High athletic facilities

By By Justin B. Phillips and Doris Maricle / American Press

Whether casting ballots during the early voting sessions or voting Saturday, Calcasieu Parish residents spent the day deciding

some of the area’s more pressing matters.

In Sulphur, voters approved allowing School District 30 to issue $8 million worth of 20-year bonds to finance improvements

to Sulphur High School athletic facilities. The item was passed by a vote of 1,686-796, or 68 percent in favor, with a 12

percent voter turnout, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

Some of the improvements will include

the demolition and rebuilding of the home and visitor grandstands.

Restrooms will also

be renovated and expanded. Other general renovations will include

the fire alarm system as well as the sound system and fencing

around the stadium. By voting to allow the school district to

issue the bonds, voters also approved a 1.87-mill property tax

that will be used to pay for the bonds.

Voters rejected levying a 10-year,

5-mill tax in School District 34 with a vote of 742-697, or 48 percent

in favor and 52

percent against, with a 5.6 percent voter turnout. The school

maintenance tax would have been used for Barbe Elementary, Barbe

High, College Oaks Elementary, Dolby Elementary, Nelson

Elementary, Prien Lake Elementary, St. John Elementary and S.J. Welsh

Middle. Improvements for the schools would have included the

acquisition of equipment and furnishings, as well as building

improvements.

In Waterworks District 7 of Wards 4 and

6, voters approved the renewal of a 6-mill tax used for maintaining and

operating

waterworks facilities. The item passed by a vote of 94-25, or 79

percent in favor, with a 4.5 percent voter turnout. The 10-year

tax is expected to generate about $316,000 a year.

In Fire Protection District 1 of Ward

5, voters approved the renewal of a 6-mill property tax by a vote of

63-17, or 79 percent

in favor, with a 5.4 percent voter turnout. The tax, which will be

used to maintain and improve facilities, equipment and

training for firefighters, is a 10-year tax expected to generate

$170,351.00 through its levy and collection alone in 2015.

The tax is generally expected to generate $170,000 annually.

Jeff Davis Parish

JENNINGS — City Councilman Anthony “Coach” Leblanc was re-elected to a second term Saturday during a runoff election for the

District D council seat.

Leblanc received 122 votes, or 53 percent, according to unofficial returns from the Jeff Davis Parish Clerk of Court’s Office.

Challenger Janet M. Jones got 107 votes, or 47 percent.

Voter turnout was 22 percent as 229 of the district’s 1,038 registered voters participated in the runoff election.

Carolyn K. Simon unseated incumbent councilman Rogeous “Randy” Lawdins in an Oct. 19 election.

All other council members were re-elected without opposition in August.

Vernon Parish

Vernon Parish voters on Saturday renewed separate taxes to support parish schools.

Voters approved a parishwide 10-year, 8.12-mill property tax to provide $1.08 million annually for the operation and maintenance

of the parish’s 20 public schools.

It passed by a vote of 813-338, or 71 percent in favor, with a 5 percent voter turnout.

Results are complete, but unofficial from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

Ward 1 School District 162 voters renewed a 10-year, 13.03-mill tax for operating and maintaining district schools by a 219-92

vote, or 70 percent in favor, with a 4 percent voter turnout. The tax will generate about $788,000 a year.

Voters in the Orange School District renewed a 10-year, 13.24-mill tax by a vote of 82-68, or 55 percent in favor, with a

6 percent voter turner. The tax is expected to raise about $91,000 annually.

In the Hornbeck School District, voters renewed a 10-year, 13.83-mill tax for operation and maintenance by a 61-25 vote, or

71 percent in favor, with a 5 percent voter turnout. The tax is expected to generate about $41,000 a year.