Are you keeping your New Year's resolutions?|
Story Archives: Voters renew school millage
|Voters renew school millage|
Voters in Franklin Parish approved the renewal of a property tax for maintenance and educational support in Franklin Parish schools Saturday.
Amid low voter turnout, 61 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of renewing the 4.45-mil tax for a further ten years.
Superintendent Lanny Johnson said school officials were "very happy, as you'd expect."
"That tax has been on the books for a number of years and we need every penny we can get here to operate the schools," said Johnson. "We were very satisfied that the people passed it."
Some 1,119 votes were cast in Franklin Parish, with 684 voting in favor of renewal and 435 voting against.
That means the tax passed with a comfortable margin of more than 20 percent.
Johnson said he believed voters know officials are working hard to ensure schools are run efficiently. However, Johnson said the tax's future was far from certain when voters went to the polls.
"Renewals generally everywhere pass," Johnson said. "We were glad it did pass because it has failed before."
ANN JOHNSON (center), Franklin Parish Clerk of Court, gathers voting information at her office Saturday after the polls closed. The election was overseen by Joey Delhoste (left) and Paul Blanchard (right) of the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office. Unofficial results indicated less than 10% of the registered voters in Franklin cast ballots.