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Preliminary results: St. Helena school tax trails... by 11 votes

6 months 6 days 20 hours ago Saturday, November 18 2023 Nov 18, 2023 November 18, 2023 9:39 PM November 18, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

ST. HELENA PARISH - A proposed 1 percent sales tax marked for school safety enhancements and academic programs in St. Helena Parish appears to have come up short -- for now -- by 11 votes.

With all 11 precincts reporting, and early votes counted, results show 1,723 "no" votes to 1,712 "yes" votes.

All results at this time are unofficial, and outstanding ballots, along with provisional ballots, could change the outcome of a contest this close.

The measure was on the ballot just two months after the death of a student in a shooting on campus.

If approved, it would raise money that would be used for:

  • Early childhood programs
  • Post-secondary opportunities
  • Technology upgrades
  • Safety improvements, such as secure entry points and school resource officers
  • Employee salary increases

School officials encouraged voters to approve the plan, making a final push at a public forum on Thursday.

A proposed property tax to support the school system also came up short on Saturday.

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