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Mar 22, 2012 10:36 AM by AP

Iberville officials ask for restoration of tax

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Iberville Parish voters will decide Saturday whether to restore a lapsed, decades-old property tax that school system officials say is vital to pay for utilities, pest control, garbage collection and a number of other services.

If the tax proposition were to fail, school Superintendent Ed Cancienne says the school board could be looking at laying off several dozen employees.

The Advocate reports the 6.22-mill property tax proposal on the ballot is expected to generate $2.5 million annually for 10 years.

The then-74-year-old tax, originally approved by voters in 1937, was rejected at the polls last year by a margin of 51 percent to 49 percent.

Cancienne said as many as 69 maintenance and custodial workers could be laid off if the renewal fails again.

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