May 6, 2013 8:38 AM by AP
Voters in Ascension Parish's Fire Protection District 1 rejected a property tax and parcel fee that would have provided full-time firefighters to most of the parish's east bank.
According to complete but unofficial results on the Secretary of State's website, 3,346 voters, or 58 percent, voted against the tax Saturday while 2,411 voters cast votes in favor of the proposal.
The Advocate reports the 15-mill property tax proposal with residential and commercial parcel fees was expected to generate more than $4 million a year to provide the six volunteer fire departments in the district with full-time firefighters and replace existing equipment, vehicles and upgrade the fire stations.
The district serves more than 70,000 residents and covers most of the parish's east bank except for Prairieville and Gonzales.