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Concordia Parish votes no on drainage tax

VIDALIA — Concordia Parish voters said “no” to a new, one-mill drainage tax Saturday, while voters in Ferriday re-elected an incumbent alderman and electors in school board district 4B chose to replace the person appointed to fill the seat earlier this year.

Catahoula Parish voters overwhelmingly passed a new sales tax that will be used to support their sheriff’s office.

On the Concordia Parish vote for the one-mill drainage tax to be levied in perpetuity, the final count was 773 against and 623 for, with 55 percent of electors rejecting the measure to generate $133,700 annually to operate and maintain drainage structures on Black River Lake and Brushy Bayou.

Monterey voters, meanwhile, voted to pass a 10-year, $50-per-parcel fee to fund the Monterey Fire Protection District. The final vote count was 168 for and 154 against.

In Ferriday, 55 percent of the vote count for alderman District B went for incumbent Elijah “Stepper” Banks. Challenger “Chris” Chatman received 51 votes, while Banks garnered a total of 63.

Electors in school board district 4B chose to fill the seat for four years with Jeffery Goodman, the final count giving Goodman 53 percent of the vote with a total of 188 votes. Challenger Angela Hayes, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated earlier this year when Daryle Price resigned to become parish coroner, received 164 votes.

Catahoula voters passed the 1-percent sales tax that was requested by the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office for funding purposes. While the CPSO is funded by a millage that was last increased in 2007, the agency asked for the sales tax because of declining property tax revenue in recent years.

The final count was 68 percent in favor of the measure, with those voting for the Catahoula sales tax casting 1,006 votes for it and those against it casting 474 votes.

In Concordia Parish, approximately 10 percent of those eligible to vote on the parish-wide ballot cast votes.

The Monterey election saw 20.1 percent turnout, and the Ferriday vote saw 27.5 percent of its electors vote. In the school board election, 11.8 percent of those registered cast ballots.

In Catahoula Parish, the turnout was 20.3 percent of eligible voters.