The Iberville Parish School District on Saturday will ask voters to renew three 10-year tax proposals to help the school system maintain its alternative school programs, building maintenance and its ability to offer competitive salaries for its teachers.
The tax measures are projected to generate about $9.9 million a year for the school system. Since they are renewals, residents will not pay any higher property tax millage than they currently pay.
“If these do not pass, we’ll have to look at what options are available,” School Superintendent Ed Cancienne said Tuesday.
“In dealing with teachers’ salaries, do you reduce force? Reduce the salaries of personnel? Do we increase class sizes? These are questions that have to be answered.”
Iberville Parish voters in St. Gabriel will also cast ballots in a runoff race for the City Council.
The first school tax proposition is a 1.78-mill to be levied on all property between 2016 and 2025 that’s estimated to produce $1 million for the district’s coffers.
That property tax will be used to operate and maintain the parish’s virtual school program and alternative programs at each of the district’s campuses. It will also be used to finance a behavior program at the district’s optional education site.
The second renewal is a 4.84-mill, which contributes about $2.8 million to the system’s $90 million annual budget. The funds are designated for the operation and maintenance of buildings within the school system.
School officials said in a news release that the tax renewal is critical for the school system to continue to maintain, upgrade and improve school facilities.
The third tax renewal generates approximately $6 million through a 10.50-mill between 2019 to 2028.
Officials say it is important to pay a competitive wage, and the tax helps the school system attract and retain quality teachers and support staff.
Iberville Parish pays its first-year teachers $47,024 annually.
Elsewhere in the parish, voters in the St. Gabriel area on Saturday will also have to select three candidates in a runoff to fill the remaining seats of the five-member City Council.
The six people still vying for a seat on St. Gabriel’s City Council are Joan Stevens Carter, Juan Vashion Darville, Freddie “Carl” Frazier, Sr., Tressy Gleason, Ronald “Ronnie” Grace and Kelvin “Yorkey Boy” York, Sr.
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