Thursday, March 24, 2016
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - On Saturday April 9, voters will decide whether or not to renew an existing millage that currently funds all St. John the Baptist Parish libraries and the St. John Parish Health Unit. THIS MILLAGE IS NOT A NEW TAX NOR A TAX INCREASE. These two renewals have been in place for nearly 10 years.
The library proposition remains at 9.94 mills, which generates $4.5 million in funding a year. These dollars fund the operation, maintenance, and staffing of all four library branches. These four libraries are located in LaPlace, Reserve, Garyville and Edgard. “Our public libraries offer a world of opportunities for those who use them, including free homework assistance, free computers and Internet, public education classes, family activities, career centers and more,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “The ongoing public education and access to information that libraries provide are invaluable and are at the forefront of improving our parish.”
The .96 mills for the Health Unit generates $434,000 for operations and two staff members of the facility through a partnership with state and federal agencies. The Health Unit provides several essential health services for residents. Though open to everyone, it often serves families with limited income or those that are uninsured. The Parish Health Unit maintains a general clinic that offers screenings, immunizations, preventative healthcare and testing.
Residents can vote early for the propositions at the Percy Hebert building in LaPlace and the Courthouse in Edgard beginning this Saturday, March 26 through Saturday, April 2. Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Election Day voting will take place 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at each polling location.
Please check your voting precinct as a number of precincts have changed. Remember to bring photo identification. The Clerk of Court’s Office would like to remind voters who normally vote at St. Peter’s School on Election Day, that they will vote at the Lacour Center for the April 9th election only.