Zachary taxpayers vote on sales tax to help fund school programs
ZACHARY - The Zachary school board is asking taxpayers for an additional one percent in sales tax to fund school programs.
Residents will vote Saturday on the sales tax, which would help fund programs like the arts, music, foreign language, and athletics department.
"We're asking the public which direction we need to go," said Zachary Superintendent Scott Deveillier. "We offer so many programs that I feel separate us from many other districts and those programs may have to be cut."
If passed, Zachary would have one of the highest sales tax rates in the state at ten percent, but Superintendent Scott Deveillier says over the last couple of years state funding has been cut, retirement and insurance cost have also hit them hard. He says he doesn't want to see things get even worse.
"Numerous districts here locally, very close to us, have made drastic cuts in their budget, laid off lots of employees, and those are some of the things that we are hoping we don't have to do, but reality is reality," said Deveillier.
The school system currently collects a 2 percent sales tax on top of a property taxes. Some residents said property taxes are already burning a hole in their pockets and they don't plan to vote for it, but parents like Elizabeth Begley with two kids in Zachary schools said they're already feeling the cuts.
"Contrary to what a lot of people believe they don't have as much money as they should," she said. "I believe that and I think it would only increase the sales tax to ten percent, which is a nice round number which would be a lot easier to calculate anyway."