Last Modified: Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:00 AM
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.
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 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.