Tax continuation for Beauregard Health Unit on Nov. 13 ballot

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 8:04 PM CDT
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Beauregard Parish, LA (KPLC) - Medical care and making healthy choices are important for a long, active life, and parish health units are key to achieving that for many.

In Beauregard Parish, they are celebrating 100 years of services from the health unit which opened in 1921. The health unit actually closed from 1925 to 1940 due to financial difficulties during the war and Great Depression.

Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh, medical director of the State Office of Public Health for Region 5, says the health unit here now offers a wide range of services. Dr. Cavanaugh says one big service is for women and children.

“That program, we see an average of 762 clients a month at that health unit there - which is a lot,” Dr. Cavanaugh said. “We provide breast feeding support, nutrition education, we do healthy food demonstrations.”

Immunizations are another major service.

“Including lots of immunizations for under and uninsured people,” Dr. Cavanaugh said. “But also, we do flu vaccines for anybody for no out-of-pocket cost - whether you have insurance or whether you don’t.”

Beauregard Parish Police Jury President Mike Harper says an existing property tax is up for renewal Nov. 13.

“Last year’s election, the tax proposition was actually defeated,” Harper said. “So, it will be back on the ballot this year for the people to decide if they want to continue this level of service for the people of Beauregard Parish.”

Harper says if continued, the property tax costs the average landowner about $25 a year.

Harper says 120 people a day visit the Beauregard Health Unit. He calls it everyone’s “best care resource.”

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