GRANT PARISH, La. (KALB) - On Tuesday, Grant Parish voters voted against a one-cent sales tax proposal that would have put school resource officers or deputies to work in every school.
Currently, in all eight schools, there are a total of only four officers.
The tax would've raised around $970,000 a year to pay for salaries, training, and equipment.
Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain said that the proposal was very important to him, but the decision was ultimately up to the people.
“The funding for the D.A.R.E. program was cut by 58% and the proposal would have guaranteed that the D.A.R.E. program would always exist,” said McCain.
56 percent of voters chose to not pass the tax.
McCain also added that going further, the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide the best service for the community.