Early voting starts Saturday on a number of millages and bond issues throughout the seven-parish metro area, including Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s second bid to raise funds for his office and another millage to pump $8 million per year into New Orleans’ financially ailing library system.
All the measures will be on the May 2 ballot.
Early voting will occur Saturday and Monday through April 25 at designated locations in each parish. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In Orleans Parish, the Sheriff’s Office has proposed a 10-year, 2.8-mill tax that would generate some $9 million a year, a significant portion of which could be used to fund the operation and maintenance of the Sheriff’s Office and Orleans Parish Prison, including improvements ordered by a federal consent decree. The same measure failed in 2014.
Orleans voters also will decide whether to approve 2.5 mills to fund the New Orleans Public Library. The 25-year tax would generate $8.25 million per year. The library now collects 3.14 mills in taxes.
In Jefferson Parish, Westwego residents will vote on three new 10-year property tax propositions totaling 10 mills
The first proposal, for 6 mills to fund equipment purchases and maintenance for the Fire Department, would generate about $360,000 per year. The second and third propositions are for 2 mills each for the water and sewer departments. They would generate an estimated $120,000 each.
In St. Tammany Parish, voters in Recreation District No. 16 will be asked to approve a $14 million bond issue and a 4.15-mill tax. The district covers Wards 8 and 9 in eastern St. Tammany, excluding Slidell and the Oak Harbor/Eden Isles area. The 20-year bond issue would go toward building a large park, though a site has not been chosen. The accompanying 10-year millage would generate about $836,000 per year.
There also are some millage renewals on the St. Tammany ballot, including 3.98 mills for equipment, maintenance and operations in Recreation District No. 7 (generating $140,000 per year for 10 years); 5 mills for Fire Protection District No. 12 ($1.2 million per year for 20 years); and 3 mills for the Northshore Harbor Center District ($1.6 million per year for 10 years).
Voters in St. Bernard Parish will vote for a second time on a 30-year, 7.5-mill tax for the Lake Borgne Basin Levee District. The new tax, which would generate about $2.6 million per year, would fund the operation and maintenance of the St. Bernard portion of the area’s flood protection system. Voters rejected the tax last year.
The St. Charles Parish ballot includes four parishwide measures: a new 4-mill tax that would generate $4.8 million a year for 30 years for flood protection; a new 2.2-mill tax that would generate $2.6 million per year for 30 years for wastewater treatment systems in the parish; a 0.7-mill tax that would generate $843,000 per year for 10 years for the Arc of St. Charles to work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and a $42 million bond issue for improvements to parish schools. The bonds would be paid off with 5.86 mills in property taxes already being collected.
Voters in St. John the Baptist Parish will vote on a 10-year, 1-mill renewal that would generate about $450,000 per year for construction and maintenance of parish buildings, including the courthouse and the jail.
There is nothing on the ballot in Plaquemines Parish.
Early ballots in Orleans can be cast in Room 1W23 at City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.; Room 105 at the Algiers Courthouse, 225 Morgan St.; the Voting Machine Warehouse, 8870 Chef Menteur Highway; and the Lake Vista Community Center, 6500 Spanish Fort Blvd. The latter two sites may not be open every day; call (504) 658.8300 to check.
There are four early voting locations in Jefferson Parish: Suite 502 at the Joseph Yenni Building, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan; Suite C-2 at the Charles Odom Building, 5001 West Bank Expressway, Marrero; 408 Minor St., Kenner; and the Grand Isle Community Center, 3211 La. 1. Call (504) 349-5690 to learn when the Grand Isle site will be open.
St. Tammany Parish’s voting locations are: the St. Tammany Justice Center Parking Garage, 601 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington; the fourth floor of the Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Slidell; and the parish Administrative Complex, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville. Call (985) 809-5500 to check on when the Administrative Complex will be open.
The lone early voting site in St. Bernard Parish is Room 104 at the Government Building, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.
St. Charles Parish’s two voting sites are Room 189 at the Parish Courthouse, 15045 River Road, Hahnville; and the Artebury Building, 14564 River Road, New Sarpy.
St. John the Baptist Parish’s early voters can go to Room 112 at 1801 W. Airline Highway, LaPlace, or to 2393 La. 18, Edgard.