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Mar 30, 2014 1:35 PM by AP

Park tax renewal on St. Tammany ballot

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - Voters will be asked to renew a 3.5-mill tax to cover operational expenses at the sprawling Pelican Park recreation complex near Mandeville.

Nola.com The Times-Picayune reports the renewal would be for 20 years beginning this year for residents of St. Tammany Parish's 1st Recreation District.

The proposal is on the April 5 ballot.

Recreation district director Kathy Foley says the tax raises about $1.9 million, more than half the district's annual budget of $3.3 million.

Foley said money from the tax is used to maintain fields, gyms, the dog park, skate board park, lighting and a host of other items, as well as leisure programs offered by the district.

Money from the tax also helps cover the salaries and benefits of the district's 38 full-time and 40 part-time employees.

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