St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Vote Saturday, November 16

Vote Saturday, November 16

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, residents will decide if Parish government will issue $30 million in bonds to fund improvements to drainage, water systems, roads, public buildings, and recreation in St. John the Baptist Parish. Issuance of these bonds will not raise taxes!

By refinancing bonds at lower interest rates and retiring past debt, the Parish can issue bonds with no increase in taxes. The bonds will fund much-needed capital improvement projects such as:

  • Drainage, Canals, Pumps and Levees - $13 million
  • Water Systems - $5 million
  • Roads and Bridges - $3 million
  • Public Buildings- $6 million
  • Parks and Recreation - $3 million

Since 2010, St. John the Baptist Parish has refinanced approximately $30.8 million in general obligation and revenue bonds for a savings to taxpayers of approximately $2.5 million.  All savings were achieved as a result of a lower interest rates and not by extending maturities of the refunded bonds. Over $50 million in capital improvements have been completed; however, much more work is needed to improve basic services and the quality of life for all residents.

Residents who were unable to vote early are encouraged to vote this Saturday, November 16.