Harahan voters resoundingly rejected a proposed property tax increase that would provide additional funds for the city’s police department Saturday.
Voters cast 1,538 ballots against the proposed 6-mill, 10-year tax and only 913 residents voted for the measure. Overall, about 62.7 percent of voters rejected the measure.
The tax had been seen as a way to pump about $473,000 into the city’s police department, though residents raised concerns that city officials could use it as a way to redirect funding from the department to other areas of city government. Mayor Vinnie Mosca and the City Council said that would not happen.
All four candidates in the Harahan police chief’s race said they supported the tax as long as it came in addition to the department’s current funding.