Zachary superintendent, "We asked for a little too much"
ZACHARY - The Zachary school board was hoping to raise sales taxes from nine to ten percent, but it was voted down by 65 percent of voters.
The sales tax increase would have generated 4.5 million dollars each year to help fund certain school programs like art, music, athletics and foreign language. The city's sales tax is 9 percent, and the increase would have allowed the school to collect a 3 percent in sales tax bringing the city's total to ten.
"I think that possibly we were asking for a little too much," said Zachary Superintendent Scott Devillier. "I know that in the economic time the city, the police department and all other areas of government are struggling, so I think it's a big issue we're going to have to look at as we move forward."
Parents like Laura Freeman were also disappointed hoping not to see any programs cut from her child's education.
"Any cuts are going to hurt the whole community as a whole," said Laura Freeman, parent of two children. "It's unfortunate you know and it wasn't even a really close race, so I think we have a lot of work to do to make sure that people get involve and they see there was lot of misinformation."
The Zachary school board was hoping to use the money after suffering from state cuts and increase cost in retirement and insurance.
However, many say they didn't vote for it, because property taxes are already too high and many people can no longer afford to even live in Zachary.
"People have a big stigma about more taxes, but when you get something for those taxes I think they're very warranted and we have a great school district," said Freeman.
The Zachary school board collects about 79.2 mills in property taxes, and West Feliciana schools are currently the only parish collecting a three percent sales tax.
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