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What's on the ballot for Saturday's election

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Voters in all Acadiana parishes have races to decide in this Saturday's election.

The Secretary of State says the polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and urges voters to bring a picture ID to the polls.

There is one statewide election, as well as three Constitutional amendments, the ballot. There also are several local elections voters will decide. We've put together the details, by parish, below. If you want to be sure about what you will be voting on, you can search the Secretary of State's website here

STATEWIDE 

TREASURER: 

Seven candidates have registered to run in the special election for Louisiana state treasurer.

Republican John Kennedy left the job after his election to the U.S. Senate. 

The candidates are: 

Angele Davis, Republican. She's a Baton Rouge business consultant who served as a budget administrator for Bobby Jindal. 

Derrick Edwards, Democrat. He's a New Orleans attorney. 

Terry Hughes, Republican. He's a Lafayette businessman who has owned his own business and worked in the oil field.  

Joseph Little, Libertarian. He's a mail carrier in Ponchatoula. 

State Sen. Neil Riser, Republican. He's a funeral home owner from Caldwell Parish.

Former State Rep. John Schroder, Republican. A businessman and former law enforcement official from St. Tammany Parish.

Also on the ballot, but disqualified, is Ron Ceasar, Independent. He's from Opelousas. His candidacy was ruled invalid this summer because of his past violations of state ethics laws. To read our story about that situation, click here. No votes cast for Ceasar will be counted, because he is not a qualified candidate. 

This special election will cost taxpayers $5 million.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: 

Here's a breakdown of the amendments by the Associated Press. 

If you'd like to read the Public Affairs Research Council's more detailed, non-partisan explanation of the amendments, click here

AMENDMENT 1

The first amendment on the ballot would specify how tax assessors should deal with construction sites when it comes to calculating property taxes. The proposal would create a property tax break for all property delivered to a construction site for use in building industrial plants, companies and houses.
    
Tax assessors have traditionally not put new construction on the property tax rolls until the building or other structure was complete. But questions have been raised about whether the taxes could be charged on the large industrial projects that take years to build.
    
In southwest Louisiana's Cameron Parish, the assessor is seeking to charge property taxes on the constructional materials used to build a $20 billion liquefied natural gas facility, prompting a lawsuit, the Council for A Better Louisiana said in its review of the amendments.
    
AMENDMENT 2

The next amendment would expand a property tax break added to the books last year that exempts the surviving spouses of military personnel, police officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty from having to pay local property taxes on their homes.
    
The proposal would add the surviving spouses of more first responders who die on the job, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, volunteer firefighters and those military personnel and law enforcement officers on the job for less than a year.
    
AMENDMENT 3

The final amendment would direct how future fuel tax revenue can be spent.
    
The money from any new tax levied on gasoline, diesel or other motor fuels would have to flow into a protected fund, to be spent on direct costs associated with construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and other transportation projects. The dollars would be prohibited from paying for state employee salaries or benefits in the transportation department.
    
An effort to raise the gas tax earlier this year failed to win support from lawmakers.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER: 

Voters in South Central Louisiana will elect a new Public Service Commissioner to replace Scott Angelle, who resigned to take a job with the Trump administration. The district includes Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes, as well as parts of Iberia, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston and Iberville parishes. You can see a map of the district here

The candidates are: 

Damon J. Baldone, Republican. He's an attorney from Houma. He's currently serving in the seat, having been appointed after Angelle quit. 

Craig C. Greene, Republican. He's an orthopedic surgeon from Baton Rouge. 

Lenar Whitney, Republican. She's a businesswoman from Houma. She served one term as a state representative, and ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014. 

To read a detailed analysis of the candidates' funding, backgrounds and positions, read this story from our media partners at The Advocate. 

The Public Service Commission is an independent regulatory agency charged with assuring safe, reliable, and reasonably-priced services for public utilities and motor carriers. The commissioners' offices also offer assistance to citizens who have problems with their utilities. To learn more, visit the PSC website by clicking here

ACADIA

Voters in the town of Iota will decide the renewal of a property tax that funds streets, bridges and drainage. 

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall the Town of Iota, State of Louisiana, (the "Town") under the provisions of Article VI, Section 22, Section 27(B), Section 30(A) and Section 32 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, levy and collect a Nine (9) Mill Tax on all property subject to taxation situated within said Town (current estimated annual amount of $40,809.25), annually for a period of ten (10) years, commencing with the year 2018 and ending in the year 2027 for the purpose of paying the cost of construction, maintenance, repair, overlay and replacement of public streets, roads, avenues, alleyways and bridges (including drainage and equipment necessary therefor) in the said Town?

CALCASIEU 

Voters in Ward 7 will select a Justice of the Peace. 

Candidates are Teddy McNiel, a Democrat, and Kevin Merchant, a Republican. Both men live in Vinton. 

IBERIA 

Voters in the City of New Iberia will decide if a sales tax should be levied to pay for the re-creation of the New Iberia Police Department. The department was dismantled years ago following a dispute with the city administration and council and the police chief. Since that time, the city has contracted with the Iberia Parish Sheriff to police the city, but disputes have arisen in that arrangement as well. 

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall the City of New Iberia, State of Louisiana (the "City"), be authorized to levy and collect a tax of one-half of one percent (1/2%) (the "Tax") upon sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the City, all as defined by law (an estimated $3,000,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), commencing January 1, 2018, and continuing in perpetuity, with the avails and proceeds of the Tax (after paying reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax) received by the City to be used solely for the purposes of a New Iberia Police Department and providing funding assistance to the New Iberia Fire Department?

ST. LANDRY 

Voters in District 3 of the Town of Washington will select a council member.

Candiates are: Tanya Doucet, no party; Dallas Leger, Republican; Gary LoBue Jr., Republican; William Worthy, Democrat. 

Voters in Fire Protection District No. 6 will decide if a property tax that supports the fire department will be renewed. 

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall Fire Protection District No. 6 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana (the "District") levy a special tax of four and eighty-six hundredths (4.86) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the District for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2019 and ending with the year 2028 (an estimated $192,072 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and/or operating fire protection facilities and equipment in and for the District, and paying the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes?

ST. MARTIN 

Voters in St. Martin Parish will decide if they will authorize the levy of a property tax to support the operations of the St. Martin Council on Aging. The Council provides myriad support and assistance programs for seniors in the parish. To read our story about the proposal, click here

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall the Parish of St. Martin, State of Louisiana (the "Parish"), levy a special tax of one and seventy-five hundredths (1.75) mills on all property subject to taxation within the Parish (an estimated $650,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2017 and ending with the year 2026, for the purpose of providing funding for senior citizens programs, activities, services and facilities operated by the St. Martin Council on Aging, Inc., in both Upper St. Martin Parish and Lower St. Martin Parish?

Voters in St. Martin Water Commission No. 1 will decide if a property tax should be continued. The tax supports the commission's sewer system. 

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall St. Martin Parish Water and Sewer Commission No. 1, State of Louisiana (the "Commission") levy a seven and sixty-five hundredths (7.65) mills tax (the "Tax") on all the property subject to taxation within the Commission (an estimated $180,500 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2017 and ending with the year 2026, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating sewers and sewerage disposal works?

ST. MARY 

Voters in the City of Franklin will select a City Marshal.

Candidates are: Corey J. Burgess, Democrat;  Rogers C. Washington Sr., Democrat;  Carla Bourgeois Weidenboerner, Independent. 

Voters in Gravity Drainage District No. 6 will decide if a millage that supports drainage in the district will be renewed.

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall Gravity Drainage District No. 6 of the Parish of St. Mary, State of Louisiana (the "District"), levy a special tax of seven and eighty-three hundredths (7.83) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $530,240 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2018 and ending with the year 2027, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, maintaining and operating gravity drainage works within and for the District?

Voters in Water and Sewer Commission No. 4 will decide if a millage that supports the water and sewer plants will be continued. 

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall St. Mary Parish Water and Sewer Commission No. 4, State of Louisiana (the "Commission"), levy a fourteen and sixty-seven hundredths (14.67) mills tax (the estimated amount reasonably expected to be collected from the levy of the tax for one entire year being $511,000) on all the property subject to taxation in the Commission for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2017 and ending with the year 2026, for the purpose of operating, maintaining, improving and extending the waterworks plant and system and sewer and sewerage treatment or disposal facilities owned and/or operated by the Commission?

Voters in Water and Sewer Commission No. 5 will decide if a millage that supports water and sewer treatment facilities will be continued. 

Here's the exact wording of the proposition: 

Shall St. Mary Parish Water and Sewer Commission No. 5, State of Louisiana (the "Commission"), levy a ten (10) mills tax (the estimated amount reasonably expected to be collected from the levy of the tax for one entire year being $340,000) on all the property subject to taxation in the Commission for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2018 and ending with the year 2027, for the purpose of operating, maintaining, improving and extending the water, sewer and sewerage treatment or disposal facilities within the boundaries of the Commission?

VERMILION

Gueydan voters will select an alderman.

Candidates are: "Bobby" Broussard, Democrat;  John R. Laseter, Republican. 

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