CONVENT - A proposed ordinance calling for special elections later this year to authorize renewal of two property taxes will be considered by the St. James Parish Council, the body decided Wednesday.

If the ordinance wins council approval after a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 15 in Vacherie, the proposition would ask St. James Parish voters to renew a 10-year, 2.98-mill drainage tax that covers expenses for the parish drainage system.

The tax would generate about $1.1 million the first year, parish spokeswoman Melissa Wilkins said.

Voters in Fire Protection District 2 would decide on renewing a 10-year, 0.74-mill fire protection tax.

The fire protection tax would produce about $242,000 in revenue the first year and cover expenses relating to fire hydrants and water lines that help lower insurance rates, Wilkins said.

Both property taxes are set to expire this year, Parish President Dale Hymel Jr. said.

The two renewal propositions would appear on the Oct. 22 gubernatorial primary election ballot, Hymel said.

Other business coming before the council Wednesday included:

REMAPPING LAWSUIT: The Parish Council unanimously authorized Hymel to hire Victor J. Franckiewicz Jr. and the New Orleans-based law firm Butler Snow to represent the parish in a reapportionment lawsuit filed by parish residents upset with the Parish Council’s selected reapportionment plan.

The lawsuit claims the reapportionment plan discriminates against minority voters.