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May 2, 2013 6:12 PM

Ballot items on tap Saturday in some Acadiana communities

Voters in several Acadiana parishes will go to the polls to decide whether or not they want to fund a variety of projects, from hospitals in St. Mary Parish to education programs and new school construction in St. Martin, from improved drainage in Vermilion to police and fire services in Evangeline.

Although the issues vary from parish to parish, the polling times are the same. Polling stations will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and remai9n open until 8 p.m. Voters will need to provide proper photo identification.

Here's a parish-by-parish breakdown of the ballot items:

¦ ACADIA PARISH: FIRE PROTECTION AND BASILE HIGH ATHLETICS

Crowley Service Area Fire Protection District No. 11
To levy a 10-year, $100 parcel fee, generating an estimated $120,000 a year for fire service.

School District No. 7 of Second Ward
To renew a 10-year, 2-mill property tax, generating an estimated $74,000 a year, to fund Basile High School's Athletic Department.

¦ EVANGELINE PARISH: POLICE & FIRE, ELDERLY, BASILE HIGH ATHLETICS

Ville Platte
To renew a 10-year, 4-mill property tax, generating an estimated $142,000 a year, to operate police and fire departments.

Parishwide
To renew a 10-year, 1.02-mill(not million) property tax, generating an estimated $238,000 a year, to provide services to the elderly.

School District No. 7 of Second Ward
To renew a 10-year, 2-mill property tax, generating an estimated $74,000 a year, to fund Basile High School's Athletic Department.

¦ ST. MARY PARISH: HOSPITAL TAX RENEWAL

Hospital Service District No. 1
Renewal of a 10-year, 3.47-mill property tax, generating an estimated $590,000 a year, to maintain and operate hospital facilities.

¦ ST. MARTIN PARISH ELECTIONS: SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS

Parishwide proposition No. 1
To issue 20-year general obligation bonds not exceeding $40.3 million, and repayable by property taxes, to buy and improve land for buildings and playgrounds and other school facilities.

Parishwide proposition No. 2
To renew a 1-cent sales tax, generating an estimated $6.6 million a year, and rededicate the revenue to school district capital improvements, technology, security as well as salaries and benefits of school district employees.

¦ VERMILION PARISH: DRAINAGE

7th Ward, Gravity Drainage District No. 2
Renewal of a 10-year, 19.26-mill property tax, generating an estimated $700,000 a year, to improve and maintain drainage works.

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