St. John sheriff seeks sales tax increase
EDGARD - Six months after St. John the Baptist Parish voters rejected a quarter-cent sales tax for the Sheriff' Office, the proposal is back on the Oct. 19 ballot.
This time, Sheriff Mike Tregre says he is trying to do a better job informing voters and clearly promoting the purpose for the tax increase.
Tregre says the quarter-cent sales tax will be dedicated to salaries, manpower and crime cameras.
He says the tax would bring in an additional $2 million a year for what is now a $23 million operating budget.
In April, a similar tax proposal failed with 58 percent of the voters against it. It was the sole item on the ballot, as it will be next month.