- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Hammond-area voters will take another look on May 3 at passing a tax millage to support Hammond schools’ magnet and accelerated programs.

The Tangipahoa Parish School Board is asking voters in Consolidated School District No. 1 to approve a 10-year, 15-mill property tax for the programs. A similar proposition was narrowly defeated on May 4, 2013.

School Board Vice Chairman Brett Duncan tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/RusJ0h) the programs at issue - International Baccalaureate, Montessori and various magnet and accelerated programs - cost about $3.2 million a year to operate.

The new millage, if approved, would generate an estimated $3.6 million annually.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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