Early voting began this week and continues through Saturday, April 21, in several parts of metro New Orleans. Voters on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish will decide the fate of a critical millage proposition for flood protection. The West Jefferson Levee District seeks voter approval of a 10-year, 4.75-mill property tax dedicated to constructing, raising, armoring and maintaining levees — and for flood and hurricane protection. If approved, the tax is expected to generate $4.75 million annually. The federal government recently improved West Jefferson's flood protection infrastructure, and those improvements require constant maintenance. Existing levee district revenues are inadequate to bear those costs. In addition to funding critical maintenance, the new tax also will help control flood insurance rates. We recommend voting YES on this proposition.