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Livingston schools getting word out for tax renewal

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LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Public Schools plan to be proactive to get voters to approve a tax renewal set for the May 2 ballot.

Schools in the parish will send students home with fliers to get parents to vote for the tax. The school system will also make phone calls and take out advertisements in the newspaper, according to Superintendent John Watson.

"I think the more that people are aware of what it's used for and the reason that we need it and that it's not been on the books - it's not a new one, it's a renewal," he said. "We're not going to raise millage rates. We're going to keep them right where they are. I think that will be to our benefit."

The tax generates $3.2 million each year to pay for the maintenance of every school building in the parish. Voters have approved the tax for the past 60 years, but a recent anti-tax mood has some worried.

"People need to be educated, and if they are not educated they are going to vote no just because they see a tax. They're going to say no thank you, but this is a renewal only," said parent Jennifer Masters.

On May 2 voters will also decide on a reduced tax for the Livingston Parish Health Unit, a tax renewal for the fire district in the Holden area and a recreation district tax renewal in the Watson area.

 

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