Voters head to the polls Saturday in some Louisiana parishes, with those in Lafayette deciding the fate of a property tax renewal for roads and bridges, as well as considering if the city-parish government should be allowed to use public health dollars for the animal shelter.
Farther south, voters in St. Mary Parish also will consider a slew of tax renewals, as well as a bond proposal for roads in District 1. The tax renewals, all property taxes, range from fire protection to a sewer district to school taxes.
In Iberia Parish, Jeanerette voters will select the Ward 1 alderman, choosing between Zaphany ElRoy Banks and Clarence “C.J.” Clark, both Democrats.
The Lafayette tax measures include a 3.56-mill tax that could be used for public health, mosquito abatement and — in a new addition — animal control and to help pay for the parish animal shelter. The 10-year proposal consolidates existing millages for the public health unit and mosquito control, which city-parish leaders have said bring in more money than is needed for those programs.
There is not a dedicated tax to support animal control. The combined tax would generate about $6.7 million annually.
Voters also will consider whether to renew a 10-year, 4.17-mill property tax for road and bridge work that brings in about $7.8 million in revenue.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday.