CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Tuesday set an Oct. 14 special election in a second attempt to renew a property tax supporting parish operations of the Audubon Regional Library.
Voters rejected the 2.5-mill property tax renewal Nov. 8 with 3,855 voters in support and 5,209 against.
"The last time, people thought it was a new tax, and they voted it down," jury President Louis Kent said Tuesday.
Library board member Jim Hendrickson told the jury earlier this year he was unaware the jury had set the Nov. 8 vote and did not have time to promote it as a tax renewal.
The last election coincided with the voting for president, but the Oct. 14 election was scheduled statewide to choose a state treasurer to replace John Kennedy, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.
St. Helena Parish also is in the two-parish library system, which once included West Feliciana Parish.
According to the resolution the jury adopted, the tax proposition will be labeled a millage renewal, and the tax levy, if passed, would start in 2018 and run through 2027.