St. Tammany Parish voters approved referendums Saturday (May 4) to pay for police officers and mental health providers on public school campuses and cover a $175 million school construction and technology effort.
The school issues were the only parishwide referendums on a small ballot that included a runoff for a Covington City Council seat and property tax renewals for a fire district and recreation district.
Proposition 1, which 65% of voters supported, sought approval for the district to issue $175 million in bonds for construction and technology purchases.
Proposition 2, with 64% percent backing, is a new, 2-mill tax that will generate around $4.1 annually to pay for police officers and mental health providers on each of the district’s 55 campuses.
Because the School Board recently trimmed 2 mills from the district’s tax rate, officials said Proposition 2 would not cost people any additional tax money.
Voters in Covington elected the final member of the City Council. Mark Verret defeated Meghan Garcia in a runoff for the District E seat. Verret and Garcia emerged from a three-candidate primary on March 30 to make the runoff. Verret will take office in July.
A 10-mill, 10-year property tax was renewed for the Lacombe-area recreation district, and residents in the Pearl River fire district kept a 5-mill tax in place for another debacle.