Burton Coliseum tax renewal passes

Published 10:17 pm Saturday, December 11, 2021

Calcasieu Parish voters overwhelmingly voted to renew the Burton Coliseum and Agricultural Services property tax on Saturday, according to unofficial but complete results from the Secretary of State’s office.

The parishwide tax will remain at its existing rate of 1.5 mills and be in place for 10 years, starting Jan. 1, 2023. Voters initially approved the tax in 1993 and renewed it in 2003 and 2012.

On Saturday, voters chose to renew the tax 9,517-3,558, or by 73 percent. Voter turnout, however, was 10 percent.

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The tax is expected to generate roughly $3.8 million annually, with $3.1 million dedicated to the parish-owned Burton Coliseum Complex. Another $380,000 will go toward the West Cal Community Center Authority, which owns and maintains the West Cal Arena in Sulphur. The remaining $300,000 generated annually from the tax will go toward the LSU AgCenter.

Voters also approved a 10-year tax renewal for the Sulphur Parks and Recreation district. The measure approved 1,997-599, or by 77 percent.

Two Iowa Fire Department 10-year tax renewals were also approved. Both measures were approved by 91 percent of the vote.

A 10-year tax renewal in District 2 was also approved 8,881-4,167, or by 68 percent.