- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - DeSoto Parish School Board is are getting a jump on asking voters to approve two property tax renewals without which current operations would be gutted and hundreds of employees sent home.

The Times reports (https://bit.ly/1zPfl6R ) the board voted Tuesday night to call a March 28 election. Since the taxes don’t expire until 2016, taking the issue to voters early in 2015 will give the board additional chances to put the measure on subsequent ballots.

The two taxes produce about $37-38 million annually. That’s approximately 42 percent of the $88 million budget approved for 2014-15 school operations.

Superintendent Cade Brumley says if funding is cut, the board could dismiss every teacher and still not be able to make up the $37 million.

Voters so far have not failed to approve continuing the taxes.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com


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