May 3, 2013 7:04 PM by Chris Welty
In Acadia and Evangeline Parishes, voters will decide whether to renew a 10-year property tax to fund the Basile High School Athletic Department.
The tax generates roughly 74-thousand dollars for the school. The property tax, enacted nearly thirty years ago, has been renewed three times. The money allows the school to renovate facilities, provide equipment for students and pay a portion of salaries for coaches. Administrators say the tax is key to the school's academic and athletic success.
"It's a vote for the kids and to give them good facilities, equipment and to keep good coaches here."
Athletic Director Tony Bertrand says the community has supported them because they see the money is going directly to good use for the projects they promised. So far, the school has re-surfaced the running track, painted buildings, renovated the gym floor and bleachers.
"We don't have an auditorium so that is the place we use for all our assemblies. Now, we have a safe and fairly attractive gym for our students," said Basile High Principal Georgie Courville.
The Basile High community is optimistic the tax renewal will pass and doesn't want to think about the worst case scenario.
"We just hope we never have to face that issue. We definitely will not run programs unless we can keep our children safely outfitted," said Courville.
If the tax passes, the school plans to fix the fence around the stadium and make improvements to the football field.