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LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish school board plans to call a special election in the spring for a tax renewal that pays for maintaining schools.

Recently voters in the parish shot down two tax renewals. In the Holden area voters turned down a renewal that would pay for fire protection. In the Live Oak community a park could shut down after a renewal failed. That has education leaders in the parish worried about voters shooting down its tax.

The property tax would generate $3.2 million a year for the next 10 years. The money goes toward maintaining and repairing the 45 schools in the parish. The tax has been on the books for the past 60 years and has been renewed every ten. Parents of students in the parish feel it's a no-brainer to keep the tax going.

"I think it's very important. Our kids have to go here, and I want the best for our children. They're our future, so they need the best when it comes to education and everything," said Philomene Lopez. "I think that it's not been a big effect on people here as far as money goes, so let's keep those taxes going and let's keep our schools going. Let's keep them upgraded, repaired so our kids can have a good education and a great future ahead."

In February, the school board will adopt a resolution calling for the special election.



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