AMITE — Tangipahoa Parish voters will decide on various property tax renewals in the April 9 election.
On Monday, the Parish Council agreed to place the tax renewal propositions on the ballot.
One of the propositions calls for renewing a 10-year, 4-mill property tax supporting the Parish Health Unit.
Three other propositions call for 10-year renewals of property taxes in rural lighting districts: a 10-mill tax in Lighting District No. 7, a 15.29-mill tax in Lighting District No. 4 and a 16.2-mill renewal for Lighting District No. 2.
Also, voters in Tangipahoa Parish Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 will decide whether to renew a 10-year, 5-mill tax for equipment, maintenance and operations, and salaries.
Also on Monday, the council made it official that term limits will be applied to the parish president and council members starting Jan. 1, 2016. Voters on Oct. 24 approved the change to the parish charter to limit council members and the parish president to three, four-year terms.
In another matter Monday, the council unanimously accepted the nomination of Ponchatoula dentist Robert Barsley to the board of directors of Hospital Service District No. 1, which oversees the operations of North Oaks Health Systems.
Barsley replaces A.J. Bodker, who has served on the hospital board for the past 12 years. Bodker, a retired educator and former principal of Ponchatoula High School, thanked the council for having chosen him to serve on the board. Bodker said that North Oaks Hospital has become one of the largest and best-staffed hospitals on the north shore.
He said residents of the parish should be proud of the hospital, which, Bodker said, has become the parish’s primary health provider.