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|Voters reject drainage tax|
Concordia voters rejected a one-mill drainage tax on Saturday, while Monterey voters approved a $50 parcel fee for fire protection.
In the only town council election, Elijah Banks was re-elected alderman in Ferriday in the District B run-off with 55 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Chris Chatman, 63-51.
In the lone School Board race, Jeffery Goodman won the District 4B slot with 53 percent of the vote. He defeated Angela Hayes, 188-164.
Goodman will complete the term of Daryl Price, who resigned to serve as parish coroner. Hayes had been appointed by the School Board to serve in the post until an election could be held.
Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber said 10.6 percent of the electorate cast ballots in the election.
The Monterey parcel fee for fire protection proposition passed by 14 votes, 168-154.
Meanwhile, 55 percent of parish voters voted against the Police Jury's one-mill drainage tax, which was to be used to finance the maintenance of proposed control structures on Black River Lake and Brushy Bayou. The measure failed, 773-623.
Voters rejected the tax in 15 precincts and it also failed in the early vote count.
The tax passed in eight precincts and tied in two.
Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said the Jury is already at work trying to determine the best way to move forward to address the drainage problems parishwide.
He said one of the few avenues available will be through grants.
In Catahoula, 68 percent of the voters approved a one-cent sales tax for the sheriff's office.
The measure was approved, 1006-474.
The tax, which will generate $900,000 annually, will be used to pay costs and expenses to operate the sheriff's office.
"I humbled by the show of confidence," Sheriff James Glen Kelly said of the support.
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