Oct 19, 2013 10:12 PM by Ian Auzenne
The race of the vacant seat on the Baldwin Board of Aldermen is headed to a runoff. Only four votes separated winner Mike Caesar, Sr., and runner-up Margaret "Faye" Coleman. Caesar received 204 votes (44%) to Coleman's 200 (43%). They will now go head-to-head in the November 16 general election.
Herbert Bell finished third with 30 votes (7%), while Clarence Colbert rounded out the field with 26 votes (6%).
Voters in the the Fifth Ward Special School District No. 1 approved a bond measure that would allow the school board to build new schools and improve existing schools in the Patterson area. The measure allows the school board to sell up to $21 million in bonds for 20 years.
Voters also approved a 9.95-mill property tax to fund the Gravity Sub-Drainage District No. 1 of the Gravity Drainage District No. 2. The tax passed with 66% of the vote (108 for, 56 against). The tax will generate $455,999 a year for ten years. Funds wold be used to maintain, operate, and improve the drainage facilities in the district.
Residents in the Wax Lake East Drainage District said "yes" to a 10-year 3.2-mill property tax. The tax will raise an estimated $365,000 to maintain, operate and improve the drainage facilities in the district.
Voters in Recreation District No. 1 approved the continuation of a 3-mill property tax to fund maintenance, operation, and improvement of drainage facilities in the area. The tax will generate an estimated $387,400 annually for the next 10 years.