Calcasieu voters face multiple tax choices in upcoming election

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu voters face multiple tax choices in the upcoming election. There are four tax propositions on the April 5th ballot.

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury hosted an informational meeting on the tax proposals to update the public on what each is about.

A brand new proposed tax on the ballot is the ¼ cent sales tax to expand sewage lines in unincorporated areas.

"A lot of the sewage from individuals systems around the parish and residential areas especially goes into our rivers where people love to have recreation activity," said Parish Administrator, Bryan Beam.

Besides quality of life, Parish officials said creating a backbone system is primarily important for economic development.

"We've had requests from hotels to be near the airport, but they require sewage," said Beam.

Also on the ballot, a maintenance tax renewal affecting Waterworks District Five of Wards Three and Eight.

"It represents about 25% of the overall revenue in budget and so it's very significant to be able to take care of the assets the district owns and provide good clean water for those citizens," said Director of Public Works, Allen Wainwright.

Lastly, a mosquito control tax is up for renewal for the entire parish, as well as a criminal justice tax renewal.

"We just remind them to exercise their opportunity to early vote and just go out and vote and we hope they support the renewal," said Wainwright.

Early voting is March 22th-29th.

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