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|Approve propositions for parish schools|
Ouachita Parish voters on Saturday will decide the fate of three propositions for Ouachita Parish Schools.
Two of them entail taxes that are already levied by the parish school system. Ouachita Parish Schools is asking voters to renew the taxes for 10 more years. They are district-wide measures, meaning voters who live outside the city limits of Monroe will consider the two proposals.
One of the tax propositions is a half-cent sales tax that is levied in School Sales Tax District No. 1. The one-half cent sales tax generates revenues for general support of the school system.
The second proposition is for a 24.15-mills property tax that's levied for operational support of the parish school system.
A third proposition would allow the parish school system to sell up to $19.3 million in general obligation bonds to pay for renovation work at parish schools in eastern Ouachita. Proceeds from the bond sale also would be used to improve technology in classrooms.
Only voters in eastern Ouachita Parish who reside outside the city limits of Monroe will cast ballots on the bond proposition.
The proposal to sell general obligation bonds would not result in any increase in existing taxes levied by the parish school system. It also would not result in any existing taxes being levied for an additional period of time.
We encourage voters to approve the three propositions for Ouachita Parish Schools that will appear on the April 30 ballot.