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|Local tax, amendments on also on Nov. 4 ballot|
Concordia voters will return to the polls for the second time in two months on November 4 to decide federal, district, state and local races and will consider a four-mill property tax for the Concordia Council on Aging (CCOA).
The race for President will be the top issue to be considered by voters nationally, while statewide, Louisiana voters will decide whether to return to office two-term Democrat Mary Landrieu who is being opposed by State Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican.
Voters will also consider seven constitutional amendments, a district race for Third Circuit Court of Appeal and a local race for Justice of the Peace.
CCOA's four-mill tax proposal would generate about $400,000 a year and enable CCOA to offset skyrocketing costs and increased demand for services to a growing population of 60 and older residents in Concordia Parish.
The agency's staff has been cut, services reduced and other actions feared due to high fuel costs and other expenses.
In a letter to the Jury, Executive Director Dorothy McDonald said: "With the increase in minimum wage, the high costs of gasoline and the increase cost of food and almost everything else, we do not have enough funds to provide the services we have been able to provide."
She said the transportation program has been "severely curtailed," and the waiting list is growing for home delivered meals, homemaker services, congregate meals and care giver relief services. The fund shortage has also diminished CCOA's ability to provide wellness, medication management and recreational programs at the congregate meal sites.
Also on the ballot in November are:
Democratic Party, Barack Obama, Joe Biden.
Green Party, Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente.
Republican Party, John McCain, Sarah Palin.
Constitution Party, Chuck Baldwin, Darrell Castle.
Independent, Ralph Nader, Matt Gonzalez.
Louisiana Taxpayers Party, "Ron" Paul, Barry Goldwater, Jr.
Prohibition, Gene Amondson, Leroy Pletten.
Socialism and Liberation, Gloria La Riva, Eugene Puryear.
Socialist Workers Party, James Harris, Alyson Kennedy.
-- U. S. Senator:
Mary Landrieu, Democrat.
Richard Fontanesi, L.
John Kennedy, Republican.
"Jay" Patel, N.
Robert Stewart, O.
-- Judge, Court of Appeal, 3rd Circuit, 1st District, Division C
Shannon James Gremillion, D.
Triston Knoll, D.
-- Justice of the Peace, Justice of the Peace District 3:
Craig L. Guillory, R.
Russell Wagoner, R.
-- Constitutional Amendments, vote "for" or "against":
CA No. 1 (Act 935-SB32): According to the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) this amendment would establish term limits for members of state boards and commissions.
CA No. 2 (Act 937-SB296), Extra Session - 7 calendar days prior. PAR says this amendment requires two additional days of notice before calling a special legislative session.
CA No. 3 (Act 931-HB183), Legis.-temp. successor ordered active duty. PAR reports that this allows a temporary successor to be appointed for legislators called to active military duty.
CA No. 4 (Act 932-HB420), Increase general severance tax allocated to parish. PAR notes that this will redistribute state severance tax revenue.
CA No. 5 (Act 933-HB461), New Property purchased / replace property sold. PAR says this will allow the transfer of special property tax assessment level for certain homeowners.
CA No. 6 (Act 936-SB295), Remove certain restrictions on blighted prop. This amendment, according to PAR, changes the requirements for public bodies to resell expropriated property.
CA No. 7 (Act 934-HB584), Contributions to post-employ. benefit funds. PAR reports that this would authorize certain post-retirement benefit funds to be invested in stocks.
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