Local voters shoot down tax proposals in runoff election

Published: Dec. 10, 2016 at 11:58 PM CST
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Despite being tucked into a much-less voter-heavy election, several tax measures went down to defeat across the parishes of Central Louisiana Saturday night.

Perhaps the biggest vote was in Avoyelles Parish, where a 1-percent sales tax that would have supported significant teacher ($5,500) and support staff ($2,500) pay raises was voted down 54 to 46-percent. Of the 6,783 people who voted, 2,687 voted against the measure. Three of four road district millage taxes were defeated with only District 2's 10-year, 30-mill measure having passed.

In Vernon Parish, a $1.5 million bond measure saw 58-percent of voters strike it down, while in Rapides Parish, millage tax votes for Road District 2B and 5A were voted down as well. The people of the Town of Boyce, however, approved a 1-percent sales tax with 153 of the 262 voters saying yes. Meanwhile, in Grant Parish, all three millage tax measures passed easily.

Besides votes for the U.S. Senate and Congress, the only Central Louisiana race that involved actual people was the runoff for Chief of Police in Cottonport. In that race, Democrat Earnest Anderson, Jr. defeated Republican Steven Gauthier, 404-241.

Full results can be found in our elections link to the right of this article.

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