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Only one Acadiana tax prop failed: What's next?

Posted at 5:26 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 18:26:50-04

There were multiple tax propositions on Saturday's ballots in Acadiana, and only one failed.

St. Landry Parish voters voted NO (52%) on a proposition that would have raised about $300,000 annually to improve and maintain public roads in Road District No. 2 of Ward 1.

Parish Council member Nancy Carriere says the rejection won't make it easy to fix roads in the district, which is north of Opelousas.

"When we have a problem with a road - potholes, grading, etc. - we're back in the situation we were in before," she sayas. "We have to put a work order in and wait our turn. This would have allowed some extra funds and given the district some leeway to do work at a quicker pace. The money would have stayed in the district."

Now, she said, it's "back to the drawing board," adding she's very disappointed that voters would not approve the tax, which had expired. So far, there are no plans to try again.

"People are felling taxed out," she said.

If people say they want it, she will put it back on the ballot, but each election costs about $15,000 so it might be a while before it shows up again.