Thursday, April 13, 2017
St. John the BAPTIST Parish –On Saturday, April 29, voters will decide whether or not to pass a 7 mil property tax to fund a hurricane/flood protection.
After more than 40 years in the study phase, the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Risk Reduction Project received Congressional authorization to move forward. The proposed tax will fund the parish's portion of the levee which would extend 18 miles from the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Montz to Mt. Airy. The projected cost of the levee is $718 million and St. John's cost-share is $50 million, with annual maintenance costs of $5 million.
Early voting will take place this week, Saturday, April 15- Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 am – 6 pm at the Registrar of Voters Offices in LaPlace and Edgard. “If approved, this millage increase would cost the average property owner an additional $3.44 cents per month – less than a gallon of milk,” said Assessor Lucien Gauff.
Voters are asked to provide photo identification. Campaign paraphernalia and clothing is not allowed at the polls or during early voting. A list of polling locations in St. John the Baptist Parish can be found on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.la.gov or by calling the St. John Parish Registrar of Voters Office.
“Building this levee would be a giant step toward providing needed hurricane and flood protection for homes, businesses, schools, law enforcement, first responders and critical evacuation routes,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “It is vital that you vote, and remember these dollars cannot be used for ANYTHING else.”
The April 29th ballot also includes the run-off for District 7 to replace Councilwoman Raj Pannu and the Senate District 2 election for the seat held by Senator Troy Brown.
St. John Baptist Parish Registrar of Voters Office:
East Bank: Percy Hebert Building, 1801 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace - 985-652-9797
West Bank: St. John Courthouse, 2393 Hwy. 18, Edgard – 985-497-3425