Safety tax renewal on ballot

Published 12:11am Friday, May 3, 2013

FERRIDAY — Residents of the Town of Ferriday will vote Saturday on a 10-mill tax renewal dedicated to public safety.

A vote to renew the tax would contribute funds to the payment of salaries and other personnel costs related to fire and police protection and acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating fire protection and police facilities and equipment.

Mayor Gene Allen said the tax is essential for the town to continue providing its safety services.

“It’s got to pass, because it’s the only way we can continue providing police and fire protection to our residents,” Allen said. “I’m urging the citizens of Ferriday to go out and cast their ballot to renew this tax.

“This is nothing new, it’s just a renewal of what we’ve had for the last 10 years.

The 10-mill tax will provide an estimated $110,695 from 2013 to 2022.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Voters will chose “yes” or “no” on the ballot. The tax renewal is the only measure on the ballot.

Voters must show a valid Louisiana driver’s license or identification card to vote.