LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The property tax election on Saturday, November 14th was quite a close race for a majority of the property tax propositions, however residents of Calcasieu Parish declined to approve taxes for three out of the four initiatives on the ballot.
The District Attorney's office proposition to approve a 3/4 millage property tax failed 45 % to 55 %.
"I will again say that I had no alternative other than to seek a tax for a pay plan for my employees," said John DeRosier, District Attorney for Calcasieu Parish. "We've very good people in the D.A.'s office. We're going to do what we do best and that is keep the people of Calcasieu Parish safe."
While the District Attorney's proposition failed, the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office passed. The proposition to renew a 7.58 millage passed 57 % to 43 %.
Sheriff Tony Mancuso promised to roll it back to 4.39 once the millage passed. This would decrease the amount taxpayers would spend.
Sheriff Mancuso says he couldn't be more pleased with the results. "Going out and visiting with people we could tell that they were a little apprehensive for anything new and that shows with some of the other taxes," says Sheriff Mancuso. "But we're pleased, I'm very happy that ours passed and we keep trying to make sure we do a good job and work hard for the public."
The Calcasieu Police Jury's proposition to pass a new 1.5 millage property tax to make improvements in many areas failed 47% to 53%.
The Police Jury's second proposition to renew and increase a millage from 3.27 to 6.25 mills which would go to funding maintenance of parish buildings also failed 48% to 52%.
For a full rundown of all election results from Calcasieu, as well as the results from Allen and Cameron parishes, you can view them by clicking here.