Livingston educators regrouping after new taxes fail
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish educators are regrouping after two, new tax proposals failed Saturday in Albany and Springfield.
Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent John Watson says he respects the wishes of the voters. Watson says passing two new taxes was tough to sell to voters, but it still comes as a disappointment that voters shot down both bond issues.
"Obviously this was not a fantastic time to have something on a ballot with the state budget the way it is and just the general climate about that. Anything other than a renewal at this time is very difficult to get passed," he said.
The $14.25 million tax in Springfield would have built a new high school to curb overcrowding that has students learning in 15 temporary buildings across the town's schools. In Albany, the $13.4 million tax would have built a new $7 million elementary school for younger students. The money would have also gone toward a new $4 million gymnasium at Albany Middle School and class room additions at Albany High School.
"You know there's always the possibility that sometime in the future a regrouping would take place," said Watson. "We'll take a look at what was it about the proposals that the general populous did not like, was not happy with and maybe come up with a plan for something in the future."
Watson plans to meet with school board members to figure out what to do next.