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St. John sheriff seeks sales tax increase

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago September 10, 2013 Sep 10, 2013 Tuesday, September 10 2013 September 10, 2013 8:10 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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