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|Propositions, run-offs on Saturday ballot|
Concordia voters on Saturday will cast ballots on a one-mill drainage tax, while voters in Monterey will decide the fate of a $50 annual parcel fee for fire protection for 10 years.
Meanwhile, voters in District 4B will elect a School Board member and voters in District B in Ferriday will elect an alderman.
Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber said he expects a light turnout.
Polls open at 6 a.m. Saturday and will close at 8 p.m.
Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger said early votes totaled 193. Of that total, 136 were in-person votes, she said.
In the District 4B School Board race, Jeffery Goodman and Angela Hayes are in a runoff.
In the District B Alderman race in Ferriday, incumbent Elijah "Stepper" Banks is in a run-off with challenger Chris Chapman.
Parishwide, voters will consider the fate of a one-mill property tax for drainage, which would generate an estimated $132,000 annually. Voters will be asked:
"Shall the Parish of Concordia, State of Louisiana (the "Parish"), levy a special tax of one (1) mill on all the property subject to taxation in the Parish (an estimated $132,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), in perpetuity, beginning with the year 2013, for the purpose of paying costs for maintenance, operation and upkeep of the Black River Lake and Brushy Bayou Flood Control Structures?"
The cost of the one-mill tax to the property owner would be:
$75,000 home, zero; $100,000 home, $2.50; $200,000 home, $12.50; 100 acres of agriculture, about $1.89 - $3.47; and 100 acres of timberland, about $.75 - $3.87.
In the Monterey area, voters will consider a 10-year, $50 parcel fee for fire protection which will generate an estimated $75,000 yearly. Voters will be asked:
"Shall Monterey Fire Protection District No. 1 of the Parish of Concordia, State of Louisiana (the 'District'), levy and collect annually for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2012, a fee of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) on each lot, subdivided portion of ground or individual tract upon which is located, either in whole or in part, a residential or commercial structure, regardless of the structure's being occupied or unoccupied (an estimated $75,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the parcel fee for an entire year), for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, maintaining and operating fire protection facilities for the District, including the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes and all purposes incidental thereto?"
In neighboring Catahoula Parish, where 280 early votes were counted, voters will consider a one percent sales tax in perpetuity to pay the costs and expenses of operation the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office. The tax will generate an estimated $900,000 annually. Voters will be asked:
"Shall the Law Enforcement District of the Parish of Catahoula, State of Louisiana (the 'District'), be authorized to levy and collect a tax of one percent (1%) (the 'Tax'), in perpetuity, commencing January 1, 2013, upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the District, all as defined by law (an estimated $900,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax) to be dedicated and used to pay costs and expenses of operating and supporting the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office?"
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