May 3, 2014 10:23 PM by Ian Auzenne
Acadia Parish residents have given overwhelming consent for the renewal of two property taxes--one to fund senior citizen programs and another to fund parish libraries.
Eighty-six percent of voters agreed to the continuation of a 1.5-mill property tax to fund services for the elderly, including the establishment and construction of senior citizen centers. The tax is expected to raise $580,000 annually for the next ten years. The final vote tally was 1,657 votes for the tax and 259 against.
Eighty-five percent of voters allowed the library tax to survive for another ten years. The 4.25-mill property tax will collect more than $1.6 million annually over that span. Those funds will be dedicated to the improvement, maintenance, and operation of the parish's public libraries. The final vote tally was 1,627 votes for and 284 against.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, voter turnout for these races was 4.9 percent.