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Sep 10, 2013 9:44 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

St. John sheriff seeks sales tax increase

Six months after St. John the Baptist Parish voters rejected a quarter-cent sales tax for the Sheriff' Office, the proposal is back on the Oct. 19 ballot.
This time, Sheriff Mike Tregre (Trayg) says he is trying to do a better job informing voters and clearly promoting the purpose for the tax increase.
Tregre says the quarter cent sales tax will be dedicated to salaries, manpower and crime cameras.
He says the tax would bring in an additional $2 million a year for what is now a $23 million operating budget.
In April, a similar tax proposal failed with 58 percent of the voters against it. It was the sole item on the ballot, as it will be next month.

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