Special election to be held for tax assessor

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Police Jurors have scheduled a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, during which they will call a special election for tax assessor.  The election is needed because incumbent Richard Cole has resigned, effective on January 15.

Unlike most other parish offices, the Calcasieu Assessor does not take office until about thirteen months after the regular election.  When there's more than a year left on an elected official's term, a special election is required.  There are almost two years left in Cole's term.

It costs about $175,000 to hold a parishwide election in Calcasieu Parish.  The next available election date is in April, but in order to avoid the cost of an extra election, Calcasieu Police Jurors are expected to call the assessor election for October 22, 2011.  Parish officials say there is no parishwide issue already on the ballot in April.  If a runoff is needed, it would be held November 19th.

Cole resigned after being indicted for alleged felony malfeasance in office.

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