St. Martin Parish voters will decide May 4 whether to renew a 1-cent sales tax to support the school system and to authorize a $40,350,000 bond issue for school upgrades.

Early voting begins Saturday.

The 1-cent sales tax was last renewed by voters in 1990.

The renewed tax would generate an estimated $6.6 million a year that could be used for a wide-range of school system expenses, including salaries, capital improvements, technology and security, according to the proposition.

The bond issue would allow the School Board to borrow up to $40,350,000 for a list of projects to be approved by the board.

The debt would be repaid with an existing property tax.

School Board President Floyd Knott said the bond projects set to be funded include athletic facilities, roofing work and new air conditioning systems for many schools in the parish.

The specific projects have not been determined, he said.