Posted by: jamesvw | March 4, 2010

May 1 – Baker, Louisiana Sales Tax Ballot Question

May 1 – Baker, Louisiana Sales Tax Ballot Question

As more municipalities deal with budget crises, more special election ballot questions are being put in front of voters in the hopes of tax increase approval. These small tax increases, government officials hope, will allow basic services, such as hospitals, public safety and school districts, will avoid cuts.

Voters in Baker, Louisiana face just such a predicament. On May 1, they will decide whether to keep the 1/2 cent local sales tax, where all funds are dedicated to go directly to salaries of firefighters, police officers, other public safety personnel and related equipment. This renewal would last for 10 years (until 2021) and would generate 750,000 to 810,000  dollars annually for the city.

A city of about 14,000, Baker is just east of Baton Rouge and is a fairly conservative town, making this sales tax vote intriguing to watch. Tony Perkins, famous as the head of the anti-abortion, anti-homosexuality Family Research Council, lived for many years in Baker. It is also a poor city, with 15.5% of the population below the poverty line and there are still about 1,000 families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who live in FEMA provided temporary housing.

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Responses

  1. LA State Rep 63rd (East Baton Rouge)
    RESULTS
    Dalton Honore 1,706 (39%); Ulysses Addison 1,293 (30%); Mark Milligan 1,073 (25%); Dadrius Lanus 144 (3%); James E. Slaughter 141 (3%)

    LA State Rep 93rd (Orleans)
    RESULTS
    James Perry 890 (38%); Helena Moreno 643 (27%); Louis Charbonnet 498 (21%); Thomas Robichaux 269 (11%); Rhodesia Jackson Douglas 41 (2%); Carlos J. Hornbrook 28 (1%)
    ACADIA
    First Ward Drainage District — 8 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    14 of 14 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 87% 233
    No 13% 34
    City of Crowley (Prop. #1) — 5 Mill (Street)-BOA-10 Yrs.
    15 of 15 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 45% 195
    No 55% 237
    City of Crowley (Prop. #2) — 5 Mill (Build.& Drain.)-BOA-10 Yrs.
    15 of 15 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 44% 188
    No 56% 239
    City of Crowley (Prop. #3) — 3/4 Mill – BOA – 10 Yrs.
    15 of 15 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 45% 193
    No 55% 232
    ASCENSION
    PW HRC Amend. Art. IV, 4-12(E) — PC – Art. IV, Sec. 4-12(E)
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 34% 990
    No 66% 1,918
    PW HRC Amend. Art. IV, 4-02(B) — PC – Art. IV, Sec. 4-02(B)
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 38% 1,114
    No 62% 1,806
    PW HRC Amend. Art. III — PC – Art. III
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 25% 728
    No 75% 2,229
    PW HRC Amend. Art. IX — PC – Art. IX
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 42% 1,226
    No 58% 1,675
    PW HRC Amend. Art. VI — PC – Art. VI
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 33% 960
    No 67% 1,950
    PW HRC Amend. Art. VII — PC – Art. VII
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 39% 1,126
    No 61% 1,751
    PW HRC Amend. Art. V — PC – Art. V
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 36% 1,023
    No 64% 1,851
    PW HRC Amend. Art. VIII — PC – Art. VIII
    61 of 61 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 39% 1,115
    No 61% 1,745
    W. Ascension Cons. GDD (5.33) — 5.33 Mills (Continuation) – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    12 of 12 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 52% 251
    No 48% 235
    W. Ascension Cons. GDD (4.67) — 4.67 Mills (Continuation) – BOC – 5 Yrs.
    12 of 12 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 50% 243
    No 50% 239
    AVOYELLES
    Alderman — at Large, City of Bunkie
    5 of 5 Precincts Reporting
    Henry A. Bordelon (R) 38% 352
    “Greg” Prudhomme (D) 62% 563
    Alderman — District 1, City of Bunkie
    4 of 4 Precincts Reporting
    Lucille “Lucy” Daniels (D) 42% 97
    Brenda Sampson (D) 58% 136

    BEAUREGARD
    Waterworks Dist. #6 (Prop#1) — $347,000 Bond – BOC – 20 Yrs.
    3 of 3 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 76% 164
    No 24% 52
    Waterworks Dist. #6 (Prop#2) — 15 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    3 of 3 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 69% 146
    No 31% 66
    BOSSIER
    City of Bossier City — 6 Mills – CC – 10 Yrs.
    45 of 45 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 80% 3,700
    No 20% 911
    CADDO
    Justice of the Peace — Justice of the Peace Ward 3, Blanchard Dist.
    13 of 13 Precincts Reporting
    Carl W. “Pete” Copes (N) 56% 369
    “Gene” Presley (R) 44% 285
    PW PC Prop.#1 — .90 Mills – PC – 10 Yrs.
    156 of 156 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 68% 2,934
    No 32% 1,381
    PW PC Prop.#2 — 2.01 Mills – PC – 10 Yrs.
    156 of 156 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 64% 2,750
    No 36% 1,545
    PW PC Prop.#3 — 2.77 Mills – PC – 10 Yrs.
    156 of 156 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 62% 2,672
    No 38% 1,621
    CALCASIEU
    PW Police Jury — 5.75 Mills – PJ – 10 Yrs.
    120 of 120 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 43% 3,691
    No 57% 4,827
    Sales Tax District No. 4-A — 1 1/2% S&U Tax – PJ – 10 Yrs.
    62 of 62 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 50% 1,457
    No 50% 1,465
    Ward 4 FPD No. 4 — 8.65 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    8 of 8 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 83% 195
    No 17% 39
    CATAHOULA
    Cons. SD No. 1 — 5 Mills – SB – 10 Yrs.
    17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 74% 110
    No 26% 38
    Cons. SD No. 2 — 5.01 Mills – SB – 10 Yrs.
    4 of 4 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 74% 64
    No 26% 22

    CONCORDIA
    PW School Board — 1% S&U Tax – SB – 10 Yrs.
    21 of 21 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 81% 1,085
    No 19% 259
    Fire Prot. Dist. No. 2 — 6.94 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    14 of 14 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 81% 385
    No 19% 89
    Cons. Rec. Dist. No. 3 — 4.00 Mills – BOC – 41 Yrs.
    7 of 7 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 72% 444
    No 28% 169
    EAST BATON ROUGE
    State Representative — 63rd Representative District
    38 of 38 Precincts Reporting
    Ulysses “Bones” Addison (D) 30% 1,293
    Dalton Honore (D) 39% 1,706
    Dadrius “D20” Lanus (N) 3% 144
    Mark Milligan (D) 25% 1,073
    James E. Slaughter (D) 3% 141
    Chief of Police — City of Central
    21 of 21 Precincts Reporting
    “Doug” Browning (R) 52% 2,535
    “Wade” Welborn (R) 48% 2,382
    City of Zachary — Home Rule Charter – City Council
    17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 69% 613
    No 31% 273
    PW Law Enforcement Dist. — 3.73 Mills – Sheriff – 10 Yrs.
    314 of 314 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 84% 25,338
    No 16% 4,688
    City of Baton Rouge — 6 Mills – Metro Council
    185 of 185 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 89% 12,501
    No 11% 1,612
    Fire Prot. Dist. No. 1 — 9.0 Mills – Metro Council – 5 Yrs.
    17 of 17 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 78% 349
    No 22% 100
    EAST FELICIANA
    Town of Slaughter — $2,120,000 Bond – Mayor & BOA – 15 Yrs.
    1 of 1 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 16% 57
    No 84% 305
    FRANKLIN
    Mayor — City of Winnsboro
    9 of 9 Precincts Reporting
    “Ken” Hill (R) 43% 767
    Jackie Johnson (D) 57% 997
    JEFFERSON
    District Judge — 24th JDC, Elec. Sec. 2, Div. A
    78 of 78 Precincts Reporting
    Raymond “Ray” Steib (R) 52% 3,996
    Deborah Villio (R) 48% 3,626
    Plantation Estates Subd. Spec. — Annual Security Enhancement Tax – PC
    1 of 1 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 84% 210
    No 16% 39
    Fire Prot. Dist. No. 7 — 25 Mills (renew) – PC – 10 Yrs.
    10 of 10 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 90% 598
    No 10% 67
    PW Parish Council — 1 Mill (Operation & Maintenance Tax) – PC – 10 Yrs.
    270 of 270 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 71% 8,351
    No 29% 3,450
    JEFFERSON DAVIS
    School Dist. No. 1 — 7.71 Mills – SB – 10 Yrs.
    6 of 6 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 82% 172
    No 18% 38
    School Dist. No. 3 — 3.30 Mills – SB – 10 Yrs.
    4 of 4 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 87% 88
    No 13% 13
    LAFOURCHE
    Town of Lockport — 0.7% Sales tax – Mayor & Board of Councilmen
    2 of 2 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 86% 168
    No 14% 28
    LASALLE
    Road District No. 3 — 5 Mills – PJ – 5 Yrs.
    2 of 2 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 87% 164
    No 13% 25
    MADISON
    Mayor — City of Tallulah
    16 of 16 Precincts Reporting
    “Mike” Abendroth (D) 48% 1,329
    Eddie Beckwith, Jr. (N) 52% 1,434
    Council Member — District 5, City of Tallulah
    3 of 3 Precincts Reporting

    Gloria Owens Hayden (N) 61% 358
    Michael Whitney (D) 39% 231
    NATCHITOCHES
    Mayor — Village of Natchez
    1 of 1 Precincts Reporting
    Rosia Lee Humphery (D) 40% 70
    Edna Jones (N) 60% 104
    ORLEANS
    State Representative — 93rd Representative District
    36 of 36 Precincts Reporting
    Louis Charbonnet III (D) 21% 498
    Rhodesia Jackson Douglas (D) 2% 41
    Carlos J. Hornbrook (D) 1% 28
    Helena Moreno (D) 27% 643
    James Perry (D) 38% 890
    Thomas Robichaux (D) 11% 269
    Lake Carmel Subd. Imp. Dist. — Parcel Fee – CC – 8 Yrs.
    1 of 1 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 93% 41
    No 7% 3
    Huntington Pk. Subd.Imp.Dist. — Annual Fee – CC – 8 Yrs.
    1 of 1 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 86% 43
    No 14% 7
    Lake Forest Estates Imp. Dist. — Annual Fee – CC – 8 Yrs.
    1 of 1 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 72% 56
    No 28% 22
    RAPIDES
    Road District No. 1B — 15 Mills – PJ – 10 Yrs.
    22 of 22 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 42% 15
    No 58% 21
    RED RIVER
    PW Police Jury — Adopt ord. prohibit Sunday alcohol sale
    18 of 18 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 53% 707
    No 47% 634
    RICHLAND
    Hospital Service Dist. No. 1-A — 7.90 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    8 of 8 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 85% 247
    No 15% 45
    ST. HELENA
    FPD Number Four — 6.81 Mills (Millage Continuation) – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    3 of 3 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 84% 291
    No 16% 57
    PW School District — 55 Mills – SB – 20 Yrs.
    13 of 13 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 39% 1,015
    No 61% 1,613
    ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
    Parish President
    34 of 34 Precincts Reporting
    Natalie Robottom (D) 55% 6,048
    Richard Dale Wolfe (D) 45% 4,974

    ST. LANDRY
    S. St. Landry Comm. Library Dist. — 5.75 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    10 of 10 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 91% 250
    No 9% 24
    ST. MARTIN
    Councilman — District 5, City of St. Martinville
    6 of 6 Precincts Reporting
    Arthur Champ, Jr. (D) 51% 201
    Romanus “Ike” Robertson (O) 49% 190
    ST. MARY
    Recreation District No. 5 — 7-1/2 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    6 of 6 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 64% 94
    No 36% 54
    Water and Sewer Comm. #1 — 9.98 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    7 of 7 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 75% 41
    No 25% 14
    Mosquito Control Dist. No. 1 — 7.19 Mills – BOC – 5 Yrs.
    2 of 2 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 95% 35
    No 5% 2
    PW Levee District — 5 Mills – BOC – 1 Yr.
    53 of 53 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 67% 1,192
    No 33% 596
    ST. TAMMANY
    Chief of Police — City of Slidell
    36 of 36 Precincts Reporting
    “Ben” Morris (R) 40% 2,123
    “Randy” Smith (R) 60% 3,206
    Council Member — District C, City of Slidell
    9 of 9 Precincts Reporting
    Warren Crockett (R) 47% 401
    Dwayne “Buddy” Lloyd (D) 53% 448
    Fire Prot. Dist. No. 7 — 10 Mills (renewal) – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    13 of 13 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 72% 156
    No 28% 60
    Fire Prot. Dist. No. 9 — 35 Mills – BOC – 20 Yrs.
    6 of 6 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 60% 182
    No 40% 119
    Fire Prot. Dist. No. 4 Prop.#1 — 25 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    40 of 40 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 68% 804
    No 32% 375
    Fire Prot. Dist. No. 4 Prop.#2 — 1 Mill – BOC – 10 Yrs.
    40 of 40 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 67% 780
    No 33% 382
    TANGIPAHOA
    Council Member — District D, City of Ponchatoula
    2 of 2 Precincts Reporting
    Tracey Brown (D) 43% 66
    Melvin Toomer (D) 57% 86
    Council Member — District B, City of Ponchatoula
    5 of 5 Precincts Reporting
    Elouise Conley-Dotey (D) 55% 201
    Debra Hills (D) 45% 163
    Town of Roseland — 10 Mills – Mayor&BOA – 10 Yrs.
    1 of 1 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 92% 77
    No 8% 7
    UNION
    Town of Farmerville — .50% S&U Tax – Mayor & TC
    7 of 7 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 42% 151
    No 58% 211
    VERNON
    Councilman — District 3, City of Leesville
    4 of 4 Precincts Reporting
    “Danny” Dowd (R) 55% 142
    Jaymie Mitchell Wright (D) 45% 115
    Leesville School Dist. No. 16 — $21,500,000 – SB – 20 Yrs.
    30 of 30 Precincts Reporting
    Yes 69% 634
    No 31% 282
    WINN
    Mayor — City of Winnfield
    13 of 13 Precincts Reporting
    “B.R.” Audirsch (N) 51% 843
    Lawrence Spikes (D) 49% 816


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