On Saturday, voters will go to the polls to select a new treasurer for Louisiana.
Also on the ballot are various local races. To view those by parish, scroll down.
The treasurer's race is a run-off between Derrick Edwards, a Harvey Democrat, and John Schroder, a Covington Republican.
Schroder, 51, is an entrepreneur who has been a member of the state House of Representatives for nearly 10 years. He represents District 77, which covers much of St. Tammany Parish east of Tangipahoa Parish and around Covington.
Edwards, 45, is a practicing attorney in New Orleans. He is well-known as a high school football player who suffered a broken neck during a New Orleans game in 1989. He is a quadriplegic who uses a wheelchair, and on his website tells how that accident shaped who he is today.
Although the campaign materials in the run-off discuss a wide variety of issues, the treasurer's duties and powers are narrow. For instance, the office has no power over state spending or the state budget.
The powers of the office are limited in that the treasurer needs permission of the legislature, the governor and/or the bond commission to do almost anything. The office manages the state's bank, and distributes state money to state agencies and local governments. The bank oversees Social Security and Medicare coverage for public employees.
The office also oversees the state's cash flow, monitoring income and expenditures to make sure checks don't bounce. However, the treasurer can't cut the budget. If the cash flow is slow and the state needs to write checks for expenditures as laid out in the budget, which is created and approved by the legislature and the governor, the treasurer can ask the state bond commission for permission to borrow money. The treasurer serves as chair of the bond commission, which approves or rejects local government plans for issuing bonds to pay for public projects. However, he doesn't have any authority on his own to reject or approve a project.
Also, the treasurer can invest money within very strict guidelines, and oversees the state's unclaimed property program.
Here are the local races on the ballot, by parish:
Voters in Fire Protection District No. 2 will decide if a 7.08 mills property tax will be renewed. It raises about $59,000 annually and funds the maintenance and operation of the fire district.
There are several tax renewals on the ballot in this parish.
Voters in the Community Center and Playground District No. Four of Ward One will decide if a 5-mill property tax will be renewed. The tax raises about $450,000 annually and pays for the operation and maintenance of public buildings, community centers including parks, playgrounds, recreation centers and libraries in the district.
Voters in Fire Protection District No. One of Ward Six will be asked to approve a $3.8 million bond sale to pay for fire protection facilities and equipment, as well as a 3-mill property tax to pay for the bonds. The tax would raise about $88,000 annually.
In Recreation District No. One of Ward Eight, voters are asked to approve a $3 million bond sale to pay for facilities and equipment for recreation in the district. They also are being asked to approve an 8.72 mill property tax to pay for the bonds. The tax would raise about $274,000 annually.
Voters in School District No. 33 are being asked to approve a $50 million bond sale to pay for buildings and playgrounds, and related equipment, for schools in the district. The bonds would be paid for by property taxes.
In School District No. 23, voters are being asked to approve a $56 million bond issue that would pay for buildings and playgrounds and related equipment for schools in the district. The bonds would be paid for by property taxes.
School District No. 31 voters are being asked to approve a $46 million bond issue that would pay for buildings and playgrounds and related equipment in the district. The bonds would by paid for by property taxes.
Voters in School District No. 34 have two propositions on the ballot: The first would approve a $41.8 million bond sale for buildings, playgrounds and equipment, and the second would approve a $23.1 million bond sale for the same purpose.
The voters in the Levee, Hurricane and Conservation District will decide a hotly-contested proposition that would levy a 5-mill property tax in the district. It would raise $2.9 annually for 30 years to fund the construction and operation of levees, hurricane protection and flood control.
JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH
Jeff Davis Parish voters will decide a number of renewals.
The Parishwide Mosquito Abatement District No. 1 is asking for a renewal of a 12-mill property tax that raises about $2.5 million annually to pay for mosquito abatement operations in the parish.
A one-mill property tax that raises about $214,000 annually to support the Cooperative Extension Service is up for renewal parish-wide.
The School Board is asking for two renewals: a 10.77-mill property tax that raises about $2.3 million annually for public school operations, and a one-cent sales tax that raises about $5 million annually and pays for teacher salaries and benefits, and school operations.
Voters in Road District No. Eleven of Ward Four is asking for renewal of a 11.58-mill property tax that raises about $104,000 annually and pays for road maintenance and improvement.
Lafayette voters are being asked to decide three propositions.
City-Parish government is asking voters again for renewals of a 2.34-mill property tax that funds the courthouse, and a 2.6-mill property tax that maintains the jail. The courthouse tax raises about $5.2 million annually and the jail tax raises about $4.6 million annually. Voters already rejected the renewals in an election this past spring. If the renewals aren't approved, parish government would be responsible for funding the courthouse and jail operations.
City-Parish government also is asking voters to redirect funding from another existing property tax. City-Parish President Joel Robideaux wants voters to allow him to reroute income from a 3.56-mill tax that was approved for the parish health unit and the parish animal shelter. He wants to take $9 million that already has been collected, together with future income from 1.35 mills of the original tax to drainage and his "culture and tourism" initiative.
ST. LANDRY PARISH
In the town of Washington, voters in District 3 will vote on a new council member.
The candidates are Tanya Doucet, no party, and Dallas Leger, a Republican.
Road District No. 1 of Ward 3 Proposition
Shall Road District No. 1 of Ward 3 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana (the "District"), levy a ten and nineteen hundredths (10.19) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $270,230 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 constructing, improving, maintaining and operating roads in the District?
Road District No. 12 of Ward 2 Proposition
Shall Road District No. 12 of Ward 2 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana (the "District"), levy a four and eighty hundredths (4.80) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $233,380 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 constructing, improving, maintaining and operating roads in the District?
ST. MARY PARISH
In the town of Franklin, voters will vote on a City Marshal.
The candidates are Rogers C. Washington Sr., Democrat, and Carla Bourgeois Weidenboerner, an Independent.
Voters in the city of Patterson will decide on two charter amendments which may - or may not - resolve the ongoing political dispute between the city's mayor and police chief. After considering and rejecting other amendments this summer, the council has put four charter amendments on the ballot, two of which are aimed at that dispute:
One would give the mayor authority to appoint, suspend, demote or discipline all city employees - except police employees - without council approval.
The second would give the police chief authority to appoint, suspend, demote or discipline all police employees without council approval.
A third would require that the city council post its agenda, as it already is required by state law.
And a fourth would authorize the lease or sale of immovable property owned by the city.
Voters in the Wax Lake East Drainage District will decide the renewal of a 2-mill property tax that collects about $280,000 annually and pays for drainage facilities.
Vermilion Parish voters will decide three renewals.
In Fire Protection District No. 7, voters will decide the renewal of a 9.25 mill property tax. The tax raises about $252,000 every year and funds fire protection facilities and equipment in the district.
Voters in Pecan Island Fire Protection District No. 16 will decide the renewal of a property tax, including a 2.86-mill increase, to a 12.86-mill tax that would raise about $232,000 annually. The tax pays for fire protection facilities and equipment.
And in Sub-Road District No. 3 of Road District No. 2, voters will decide if a 5-mill property tax should be renewed. The tax raises about $163,000 annually and pays for maintaining roads in the district.