May 3, 2014 11:21 PM by Ian Auzenne
St. Martin Parish voters approved a plethora of tax renewals during Saturday's election.
Seventy-three percent of voters said "yes" to the renewal of a 4.57-mill property tax that will fund the maintenance of roads and bridges in the parish. The tax will raise nearly $1.45 million annually for the next 10 years. The vote total was 1,974 for and 730 against.
Voters approved a tax to maintain drainage works by nearly the same margin. Seventy-two percent of voters approved the continuation of the 6.49-mill property tax, which will raise approximately $2.05 million over the next ten years. The final tally was 1,922 votes for and 752 against.
Voters approved a library tax renewal by the same percentage margin. Seventy-two percent of ballots cast voted to renew the 4.21-mill property tax to fund the parish's libraries. The tax, which passed by a 1,912-751 margin, is expected to raise $1.3 million annually for the next 10 years.
A 1.29-mill property tax to fund recreation projects in the parish passed by a 72%-28% margin. The tax, which is expected to raise $410,000 annually over the next ten years, received 1,901 votes for and 750 votes against.
A tax to fund public health units was renewed. The tax, which will raise approximately $1.05 million per year for the next 10 years, passed by a 72%-28% margin (1,891-732). The funds will be dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and operation of public health units in the parish.
A 2.20-mill property tax to fund the maintenance and operation of the parish courthouse and law enforcement center passed by a 69%-31% margin (1,789-822). The tax will raise an approximately $700,000 per year for the next 10 years.
Voters approved a six-mill property tax renewal to fund fire protection in the parish. The measure passed by a 77%-23% margin (2,011-609). The tax is expected to raise $1.9 million annually over the next 10 years.
Finally, voters gave the okay for the parish to continue levying a 1.91-mill property tax to fund the construction of the St. Martin Parish Industrial Park. The vote passed by a 68%-32% margin (1,787-846). The tax will raise about $600,000 annually for the next 10 years.
Voter turnout for these races was 7.3%.