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|Support tax renewals on Saturday|
We urge Concordia Parish voters to go to the polls Saturday and support three tax renewals for local government.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Voters are asked to renew a 3.98-mill property tax for a recreation district in Vidalia, a 1-cent sales tax for the parish school system and a 6.94-mill property tax for Fire District 2.
The proposition for Vidalia Recreation District 3 calls for its property tax to remain at 3.98 mills, but voters are asked to extend the life of the tax from its current 10-year term to40 years. Voters are being called upon to extend the tax to finance the construction and maintenance of a new recreation complex in Vidalia near Wal Mart.
The complex carries a construction price of $5 million-$6 million. Revenues generated by the recreation district property tax would pay off bonded indebtedness the district would incur to build the new complex.
The recreation district currently has about $1 million in the bank in savings. It has that kind of money because the recreation district's board of directors has done an excellent job in managing the recreation district's money. In short, the board is an example of what citizen public servants can accomplish when they work together for the betterment of their community.
It is worth noting that Vidalia Recreation District 3 is not asking voters to approve a tax increase. Instead, an existing tax simply would be levied for a longer period of time to pay for a project that would greatly improve recreational opportunities for Vidalia residents.
Meanwhile, Concordia Parish School Board wants voters to renew a 1-cent sales tax that generates $2.2 million annually. It's a 10-year renewal.
Revenues generated by the sales tax pay for salary supplements for parish school system employees and help finance maintenance and system operations. Revenues generated by the sales tax also help pay for additional guidance counselors, assistant principals, teacher assistants and vocational aides, and it provides funding for textbooks, instructional materials, supplies and student activities.
The Concordia Parish school system has a sound track record of using the public's tax dollars wisely and deserves continued support from voters.
The third tax proposal on Saturday's ballot is a renewal of a 6.94-mill property tax for 10 years for Fire Protection District 2, which includes much of the parish with the exception of the municipalities and Fire Protection District No. 1 in the Monterey area.
Revenues generated by the 6.94-mill property tax pay for maintenance, facilities, equipment and related costs of fire protection in much of the unincorporated areas of Concordia. Fire protection is a necessity in life.
Accordingly, the property tax renewal proposition for Fire Protection District 2 should be renewed.
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