Funding for the two-parish Audubon Regional Library's operations is assured for another 10 years, following a light turnout of voters in Saturday's special elections.
Voters in East Feliciana Parish approved a 10-year renewal of the library's 2.5-mill property tax, with 1,661 voting for the renewal and 911 voting against it. Some 18.1 percent of the parish's registered voters cast ballots on the renewal proposition.
The renewal also was on the ballot in St. Helena Parish, which is part of the Audubon system. According to unofficial returns, 706 voters approved the measure, while 496 opposed it. Turnout was 14.2 percent of St. Helena's voters.
When the East Feliciana Parish Police Jury put the renewal on the ballot for the Nov. 8 presidential election, turnout was 71.5 percent and the measure failed, 5,209 to 3,855. Library board members said later they were unaware that the jury called the renewal election.
Saturday's votes authorizes the property tax to be levied from 2018 through 2027.
"We're very appreciative of the public for their support of the library," Audubon Director Michele Jones said. "We plan to continue with our programs and make improvements as the years go by."
Jones also said she thanks those who helped spread the word about the renewal election, including Friends of the Library members, churches, Keep Feliciana Beautiful members, businesses and individuals who went door-to-door to promote the tax renewal.