Parish supports school tax renewal in Saturday election

Published 9:22 pm Saturday, December 11, 2021

VIDALIA — In Saturday’s election, 81% of those who voted in Concordia Parish were in favor of the renewing the annual 25 mil tax to support parish schools. Meanwhile, less than 7 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.

The annual 25 mil tax generates approximately $3.5 million annually for the school system and is used to support operations, construction, maintenance as well as fund teacher and school district employees’ salaries.

The school district’s ballot proposition reads as follows:

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“Shall School District No. 10 of the Parish of Concordia, State of Louisiana (the “District”), continue to levy a special tax of twenty-five (25) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $3,580,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2023 and ending with the year 2032, for the purpose of giving additional support for constructing, improving, maintaining and operating public schools and school related facilities in the District, including payment of salaries of teachers and other school system employees?”

Poll turnout has been slow, according to election workers. At 2 p.m. Saturday Katherine Mize said 19 people in the Concordia Parish Courthouse precinct voted in-person.

At the time polls closed Saturday, a total of 707 parish residents voted in favor of the tax and 168 voted against it. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, 12,636 people in the parish were registered to vote in the election while only 875 total votes were counted—an unofficial turnout of 6.9%.

Early voting began Nov. 27 and 224 early votes have been counted in the total.

The Secretary of State’s website states official election results should be certified by Dec. 27.

The last day to contest a tax proposition election is Feb 25.