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Members of the Jefferson Parish School Board including board president Ray St. Pierre, right, direct the school superintendent to enforce a ban of Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni from public school campuses or being able to interact with students in Harvey, La. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in the wake of Yenni's admission that he sexted a teenage boy in 2015. In other business, the School Board also called to put a property tax renewal on the Dec. 10 election ballot. Other board members seen are Melinda Doucet, district 7, and Marion Bonura, district 8, left.

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Jefferson Parish School Board members voted Tuesday night to put the renewal of a property tax that generates nearly $14 million a year for construction, technology and building maintenance for the parish's public schools on the Dec. 10 election ballot.

The existing 4-mill levy was last renewed for a 10-year term expiring at the end of 2017. If voters renew the tax again, it would be in effect for another 10 years, beginning in 2018.

It is common for government bodies to propose renewals well ahead of a property tax's expiration date. That way, if the measure fails, officials can try to win approval on a later ballot before the millage's proceeds come off the books.

The 4-mill tax is among four collected by the School Board, whose budget for this year is almost $456 million, officials said.

As a result of the tax, the owner of a home with an assessed value of $200,000 pays $50 a year.

Two mills from the tax are set aside for infrastructure improvement projects. One mill is dedicated to technology, and the other mill is for building maintenance. 

Seven of the nine School Board members voted in favor of putting the renewal on the December ballot. Ricky Johnson and Cedric Floyd were out of town on board business. 

This millage is different from a bond issue and property tax increase that the School Board wants to present to voters at some point. That measure would pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in new or renovated facilities for the school system.

The vote to seek the renewal came after the board filed the required paperwork with the State Bond Commission, said the board's bond counsel, Grant Schlueter.

The board had announced last month that it intended to get the renewal on the December ballot. It is among a handful of parishwide tax renewals that voters participating in that election will consider.

The others include three property taxes and a ⅞-cent sales tax that for years have funded parish drainage infrastructure, road repairs, recreation programs and libraries.

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