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Livingston hopes to sway voters to approve school tax renewal

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago April 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015 Tuesday, April 14 2015 April 14, 2015 7:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

LIVINGSTON - The school district is hoping to convince voters to renew a tax that has been on the books for sixty years.

The district begged voters in a press release Tuesday, to renew the tax that funds maintenance projects for "every school building in the school district."

"The funding is NOT a new tax, and it will not increase the amount of {taxes} currently paid," a district spokesperson write. She said it was first created in the 1950s.

Voters in Livingston, like in other areas, have sent a message to leaders in the last few elections: no taxes, at all. In 2014, voters shot down two tax renewals in Livingston Parish.

The school maintenance tax generates about $3.2 million for school repairs each year, Superintendent John Watson said in the news release.

"We rely on these funds to keep our buildings working and safe so we can maintain positive learning environments for all our students," Watson said.

The tax election is set for May 2. Early voting is Saturday, April 18th and Monday, April 20th through Friday, April 25th.
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