School safety tax approved in St. Tammany

School safety tax approved in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish voters backed a new property tax Saturday, May 4, 2019, to pay for police officers and mental health providers on its 55 public school campuses.

St. Tammany Parish voters backed a new property tax Saturday, May 4, 2019, to pay for police officers and mental health providers on its 55 public school campuses.

 

St. Tammany Parish voters approved referendums Saturday (May 4) to pay for police officers and mental health providers on public school campuses and cover a $175 million school construction and technology effort.

The school issues were the only parishwide referendums on a small ballot that included a runoff for a Covington City Council seat and property tax renewals for a fire district and recreation district.

Proposition 1, which 65% of voters supported, sought approval for the district to issue $175 million in bonds for construction and technology purchases.

Proposition 2, with 64% percent backing, is a new, 2-mill tax that will generate around $4.1 annually to pay for police officers and mental health providers on each of the district’s 55 campuses.

Because the School Board recently trimmed 2 mills from the district’s tax rate, officials said Proposition 2 would not cost people any additional tax money.

Other results:

Voters in Covington elected the final member of the City Council. Mark Verret defeated Meghan Garcia in a runoff for the District E seat. Verret and Garcia emerged from a three-candidate primary on March 30 to make the runoff. Verret will take office in July.

A 10-mill, 10-year property tax was renewed for the Lacombe-area recreation district, and residents in the Pearl River fire district kept a 5-mill tax in place for another debacle.

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