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Oct 15, 2013 8:15 PM by KATC

Election Saturday: What's on the ballot

Voters across Acadiana will head to the polls Saturday.

ACADIA PARISH:

In Acadia Parish, voters in Rayne will consider three tax renewals. The city is asking voters to renew a special 5-mill property tax for ten years. If approved, the city would collect $149,900 each year to fund recreation centers and playgrounds for the city.

The Bayou Plaquemine and Wikoff Drainage District in Acadia Parish wants to continue to levy a 5.12-mill property tax for ten years. The tax would generate $99,840 a year, and would be used to improve, maintain and operate gravity drainage works in the district.

The Second Ward Gravity Drainage District in Acadia Parish is asking voters to approve an 8.89-mill property tax for ten years. The tax would generate $82,800 a year to improve, maintain and operate gravity drainage works in the district.

IBERIA PARISH:

In Iberia Parish, Jeanerette voters will select a new mayor, alderman at large, and alderman for Ward 3. Voters will decide who'll lead the town after Jeanerette mayor Tim de'Clouet died July 1. Interim mayor Aprill Foulcard (D) is running against her former fellow alderman Kenneth Kern (R). Foulcard gave up her seat as "alderman at Large" to become interim mayor.

Running for that seat is Leo Lee (D) and Christia "Tia" Simmons (No Party). Ward 3 alderman Sandy Derise resigned from his position earlier this year. G. "Butch" Bourgeois (R) will be running for this seat against Willie "Poochie" Ward (D).

Across the parish, voters will vote whether to allow the school board to issue bonds not to exceed $50,000,000. The money would fund facilities, technology, and security. Also, it would allow the district to improve school buildings and playgrounds.

The City of New Iberia is asking voters to approve a four-mill property tax for 20 years to help the city pay its debt. The tax is expected to generate $770,000 a year.

JEFF DAVIS PARISH:

In Jeff Davis Parish, two council seats are up for grabs in Jennings. Rogeous "Randy" Lawdins (D) and Carolyn K. Simon (D) are vying for the District A seat. Three candidates are vying for the District D seat - Janet M. Jones (D), Wilton Journet, Sr. (D), and Anthony "Coach" LeBlanc.

Road District No. 10 of Wards One, Two and Three of Jefferson Davis Parish, except the City of Jennings and the Town of Lake Arthur, are asking voters to approve an 11.33-mill property tax for ten years. The tax would generate $565,470 a year, and would be used to improve and maintain public roads in the district.

Road District No. 12 of Wards six, seven and eight, except the Town of Welsh, wants to continue to levy a 10.94-mill property tax. If approved, the district would collect an estimated $481,600 to improve and maintain parish roads in the district.

Fire Protection District No. 1 is asking voters to approve a special 10.49-mill property tax for ten years to construct, acquire, improve, maintain and operate fire protection facilities and equipment in the district. The tax would generate an estimated 33,422 a year. Also, it would pay the cost of obtaining water for fire protection.

Fire Protection District No. 3 wants to levy a 3.59-mill tax for ten years to construct, acquire, improve, maintain and operate fire protection facilities and equipment in the district. If approved, the tax would generate an estimated $146,600 yearly, and would also be used to pay the cost of obtaining water for fire protection.

Fire Protection District No. 4 is asking voters to approve a 5-mill property tax that would generate an estimated $76,280 a year for ten years and would be used for constructing and improving fire protection facilities and acquiring fire trucks and other equipment in the district.

Fire Protection District No. 5 wants to levy a special 10-mill property tax for ten years. The tax would generate an estimated $220,330 a year to be used for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating fire protection facilities and equipment in the district.

The Broadmore Gravity Drainage District want to continue to levy a special property tax 8.8 mills for ten years. The tax would generate an estimated $176,000 a year for improving, constructing, maintaining and operating gravity drainage works in the district.

Grand Marais Gravity Drainage District is asking voters to levy a 6.7-mill property tax for ten years. If approved, the yearly $140,338 would be used for constructing, improving, maintaining and operating gravity drainage works in the district.

Gravity Drainage District No. 9 wants to levy a 9.21-mill property tax that would generate an estimated $107,849 yearly for ten years. The funds would be used for
improving, constructing, maintaining and operating gravity drainage works in the district.

Gravity Sub-Drainage District "A" of Gravity Drainage District No. 1 is asking voters to approve an 11.39-mill property tax. If approved, it would generate an estimated $96,370 a year for ten years and would be used for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating gravity drainage works in the district.

LAFAYETTE PARISH:

In Lafayette Parish, voters in Youngsville will be asked to approve a 4 percent hotel tax. The tax would be used to construct, maintain and operate the multipurpose community center. Also, funds would be used for economic development and tourism.

ST. LANDRY PARISH:

Some voters in St. Landry Parish will be voting on a new Congressman. The 5th district seat is up for grabs, and 14 candidates are hoping to win on Saturday. The district goes Monroe in the north to Alexandria in Central Louisiana, and also southeast into the Florida Parishes. The seat is open because Rodney Alexander resigned from Congress to take a job as head of the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

The District Three seat on the St. Landry Parish School Board is up for election. The seat has been left vacant from disgraced board member John Miller. Milton Ambres (D) and Faltery Jolivette (other) are running for the seat.

The District Six seat is also up for election. The seat was left vacant after the death of board member Ronald Carriere. The seat is temporarily filled by Donnie Perron (D). Perron is up against Barbi Polotzola (D).

Two men are vying to be Alderman for District E in the Town of Krotz Springs. Keith Ardoin (D) and John Craig Burghdoff (N) are running for the position.

Road District Number 1, is for a 2 cent sales tax to fund road improvements in unincorporated areas of St. Landry Parish. The proposed sales tax would generate an estimated $7 million annually over a period of 15 years.

ST. MARY PARISH:

In St. Mary Parish, the town of Baldwin will vote on a new alderman. Four candidates are vying for the seat - Herbert Bell (D), Mike J. Caesar Sr. (D), Clarence Colbert Sr. (D), and Margaret C. Faye Coleman (D).

The Fifth Ward Special School District No. 1 is asking for authorization to issue bonds not to exceed $21,000,000 for 20 years to improve lands for building sites and playgrounds, including constructing sidewalks and streets adjacent thereto; purchasing, erecting and/or improving school buildings and other school related facilities within and for the District

Wax Lake East Drainage District wants to levy a 3.2-mill property tax for ten years. The tax would generate an estimated $365,000 and would be used to maintain, operate and improve the drainage facilities in the district.

Gravity Sub-Drainage District No. 1 of the Gravity Drainage District No. 2 wants to levy 9.95-mill property tax that would generate 455,999 a year for ten years. Funds wold be used to maintain, operate, and improve the drainage facilities in the district.

Recreation District No. 1 wants to continue to levy a 3-mill property tax that would generate an estimated $387,400 a year for ten years. The money would be used to maintain, operate, and improve the drainage facilities in the district.

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