The property tax that supports operations of the Acadia Parish Fire District 5 is up for renewal Saturday.
The 10-year, 4.79 mill tax raises about $92,000 annually to pay for equipment, maintenance and supplies for the firefighters, said Chief Robert Touchet.
The district covers a large area, including parts of Lyons Point, as well as Estherwood, Mermentau, Midland and other areas, he said.
“It’s a renewal, every 10 years we have to get it renewed,” Touchet said. “It’s no extra tax, it’s just what we’re paying now. It’s to maintain our fire equipment and keep the lights on.”
Here’s the full text of the proposition on the ballot:
Fire Protection District No. 5 Proposition
(Millage Extension & Rededication)
Shall Fire Protection District No. 5 of the Parish of Acadia, State of Louisiana (the “District”), be authorized to extend the levy of the tax authorized to be levied through the year 2019 pursuant to an election held on October 17, 2009 (the “Tax”), at a rate of four and seventy-nine hundredths (4.79) mills on all property subject to taxation within the District (an estimated $92,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year) for an additional ten (10) years to run from the year 2020 through the year 2029, and shall the proceeds of the Tax, heretofore or hereafter received, be rededicated for the purposes of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and/or operating fire protection and emergency medical service facilities, vehicles and equipment, including both movable and immovable property and paying the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes?