Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot
LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night.
One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat.
Previously, Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 10 Chief Warren Stewart estimated the district would miss out on $172,000 each year if the tax fails to pass. The money is used for day-to-day operations like insurance, equipment and fuel.
The parish council also approved slashing the size of a second tax renewal for the health unit. It was cut in half and also added to the May ballot. Officials said the health unit operates with a surplus and said it did not need its entire renewal.
If approved, it means a tax break for residents and parish leaders hope to capitalize on lessening the tax for the health unit to create a new tax to fund other things, animal control was one item discussed Thursday.
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