- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry School Board will place two parish-wide property taxes will be up for 10-year renewals on the May 3 ballot.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1ix9Emr ) one proposition of 11.78 mills generates $7 million annually for employee salaries and benefits. The other proposition is 4.37 mills and it provides the district with $2.6 million a year for maintenance.

Superintendent Edward Brown told the board Thursday that passage of both millage propositions are essential to maintaining the operation of the school district. Brown urged the board members and school employees to “push this tax.”

Board attorney Gerard Caswell said the millage for maintenance is scheduled to expire Dec. 31.

The tax for salaries does not expire until Dec. 31, 2015, but Caswell said bonding attorney Eric Lafleur received approval from the state Bond Commission to place the millage for salaries and benefits on the May 3 ballot.

“Placing both of the tax calls in the same election will save (the school district) money in election costs,” Caswell said.

None of the board members discussed the issue before voting.

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

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