Early voting for the May 2 election begins Saturday and continues through April 25 in St. Landry and Vermilion parishes.

All registered voters may cast early ballots on those days at the Registrar Of Voters Office or at any designated alternate site from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sunday.

In St. Landry Parish, Fire Protection District No. 3 is seeking to continue a 10-year, 10.36-mill property tax that generates $1.68 million a year and represents an increase of 0.51 mill over the 9.85-mill tax that voters approved in 2006.

The tax would not apply to property annexed into the city of Opelousas prior to Feb. 1, 2006, or the old Evangeline Downs property.

In Vermilion Parish, the School Board is seeking to renew a 10-year, 10-mill property tax that generates $3.5 million a year dedicated as follows: 3 mills for educational equipment and supplies, including library books and textbooks; 5 mills for building maintenance; and 2 mills to buy and maintain school buses.