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Mar 22, 2013 8:31 AM by AP

School tax on East Feliciana ballot

CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish School Board wants parish voters to approve a new 38-mill property tax in an April 6 election to help the school system meet new state academic standards and tackle a backlog of maintenance issues.

Early voting for the election begins Saturday and continues through March 30.

If approved by the voters, the property tax increase would be the largest in the parish's history, raising the parish's total property tax rate by 80 percent.

The tax is covered by homestead exemption, and the owner of a home valued by the assessor at $100,000 would pay an additional $95 per year in school taxes.

The Advocate reports the school board estimates the 10-year tax would generate $4.4 million annually.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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