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Voters head to the polls

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Saturday is an election in Louisiana and there's a list of ballot items in Southwest Louisiana parishes.

Voters in the 3rd Congressional District will determine a new congressman in the newly redrawn district.

Two sitting Republican congressman, Charles Boustany Jr. and Jeff Landry, are vying for the seat as runoff candidates from the November election.

Voters in Beauregard will determine a one-quarter percent sales and use tax for handicapped accessibility upgrades at the parish courthouse.

There are also two sales and use tax propositions in the Town of Merryville.

Allen Parish voters will determine two runoffs, one for the School Board District 3 seat and another in the mayor's race in Oakdale.

Allen voters will also decide tax proposals for operations and maintenance for Recreation District 6 and Fire Protection District 3.

In Jeff Davis Parish, there are tax proposals in both Jennings and Lake Arthur.

Vernon voters will determine an item that, if approved, would outline homestead exemption for disabled veterans under certain guidelines. There are also school operations proposals in the Pickering school district and in the Ward 5, Ward 6 and Ward 8 school districts.

For a more detailed look at what's on your ballot, click HERE.

Election day voting hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

When voting Saturday, you'll need to bring one of the following to the polls:

A driver's license;

A Louisiana Special ID; or

Some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature. 

According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, you may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter registration information card. If you have misplaced your voter registration information card, contact your registrar of voters for a new one.

Voters who have no picture ID may bring a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes their name and address. The voter will have to sign an affidavit furnished by the Elections Division in order to vote. 

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Below are summaries of the tax proposals on Saturday's ballot:

 

Allen Parish

Recreation District No. 6 Proposition

(Maintenance Tax Renewal)

Summary: 10 year, 5 mills tax renewal for maintaining, operating and improving recreational facilities in Recreation District No. 6.

 

Fire Protection District No. 3 Proposition

Summary: 15 year, 13 mills new property tax proposition to be dedicated and used for the purpose of paying costs associated with operating, maintaining, renovating and improving those facilities of Fire Protection District No. 3, Allen Parish, related to providing emergency fire protection and related emergency services, and acquiring equipment and furnishings therefor.

  

Beauregard Parish

Parishwide Proposition

(Sales Tax)

Summary: 15 year, 1/4% sales and use tax of the Parish of Beauregard for constructing, expanding, improving, renovating, operating and maintaining the Beauregard Parish Courthouse, including acquiring equipment, fixtures and furnishings therefor, with the proceeds of the tax being subject to funding into bonds.

 

Town of Merryville Proposition

Proposition No. 1

(Sales Tax)

Summary: 20-year 1% sales and use tax to be dedicated and used for constructing, improving, maintaining, operating and administering town streets and acquiring equipment therefor, and authority to fund said Tax into debt.

 

Town of Merryville Proposition

Proposition No. 2

(Sales Tax)

Summary: 20-year 1% sales and use tax to be dedicated and used to pay the cost of solid waste services, including but not limited to collection fees, and/or operating, maintaining and administering solid waste disposal facilities for the residents of the Town, and authority to fund said Tax into debt.

 

Jefferson Davis Parish

City of Jennings Proposition

(Sales Tax)

Summary: 25-year 1% sales and use tax beginning January 1, 2013, with collections from the tax estimated to be $2,400,000.00 for one year, for acquiring, constructing, improving, operating and maintaining streets, garbage, parks, fire and police departments, public buildings, drainage, heavy equipment purchases, jail operations, police pension payments, economic development activities, sewage collection and disposal facilities, and waterworks facilities, including payment of any bonded or funded indebtedness incurred for such purposes, and including salaries of employees for any one or more of said purposes, in lieu of the 1% sales and use tax approved July 16, 1994, rededicated November 15, 1997.

 

Town of Lake Arthur Proposition

Proposition No. 1

(Recreation Tax)

(Tax Continuation)

Summary: 10 year, 2.84 mills tax continuation for maintaining, operating and improving recreational facilities and public parks in the Town of Lake Arthur.

 

Town of Lake Arthur Proposition

Proposition No. 2

(Streets and Alleys)

(Tax Renewal)

Summary: 10 year, 5.51 mills tax renewal for the maintenance and upkeep of streets and alleys in the Town of Lake Arthur.

 

Town of Lake Arthur Proposition

Proposition No. 3

(Drainage)

(Tax Renewal)

Summary: 10 year, 5.51 mills tax renewal for the maintenance and upkeep of the drainage system and drainage ditches in the Town of Lake Arthur.

 

Vernon Parish

Parishwide Proposition

(Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption)

Summary: Authorizes an additional homestead exemption in the Parish of Vernon, State of Louisiana, for certain disabled veterans and surviving spouses in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Article VII, Section 21(K) of the Louisiana Constitution.

 

Pickering School District No. 142 Proposition

(Ward 4)

(Tax Continuation)

Summary: 10 year, 14.14 mills property tax continuation for giving additional support to the public elementary and secondary schools in the District, including paying the cost of operating and maintaining public school houses and buildings in Pickering School District No. 142.

 

Ward Five Wardwide School District No. 144 Proposition

(Tax Continuation)

Summary: 10 year, 18.65 mills property tax continuation for giving additional support to the public elementary and secondary schools in the District, including paying the cost of operating and maintaining public school houses and buildings in Ward Five Wardwide School District No. 144.

 

Ward Six Wardwide School District No. 161 Proposition

(Tax Continuation)

Summary: 10 year, 12.68 mills property tax continuation for giving additional support to the public elementary and secondary schools in the District, including paying the cost of operating and maintaining public school houses and buildings in Ward Six Wardwide School District No. 161.

 

Ward Eight Wardwide School District No. 151 Proposition

(Tax Continuation)

Summary:  10 year, 14 mills property tax continuation for giving additional support to the public elementary and secondary schools in the District, including paying the cost of operating and maintaining public school houses and buildings in Ward Eight Wardwide School District No. 151.

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