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|Voters elect Harris, pass propositions|
Franklin Parish voters turned out at the polls in Saturday's election to fill a police jury seat and pass measures funding two fire districts, a library system, the parish health unit and the council on aging.
James Harris won a special election for the District 3 seat on the Franklin Parish Police Jury, avoiding a run-off election, by besting W.L. "Dub" Robbins and Leo Miller. Harris got 53 percent of ballots cast, 283 votes, over Robbins, 220 votes, and Miller, 34 votes.
"I feel very good and relieved that I didn't have to go into a run-off," Harris said. I'm going to work with everybody, no matter who they voted for. I have an open door policy and would like to move forward."
Harris was chosen by other jurors to fill the District 3 post since Ray Young quit the police jury in December to chair a state agriculture board.
Five millage continuation propositions were also passed in Saturday's election.
They included a five year, 10.53 mills property tax for an expected $69,000 in support of Fire District No. 2; a 10-year, 10.66 mills property tax for and an expected $57,000 in support of Fire District No. 4; a 10-year, 3.25 mills property tax for an estimated $179,000 in support of the parish health unit; a 10-year 7.53 mills property tax for an expected $415,000 in support of the public library and a 10-year, 2.03 mills property tax for an estimated $122,000 in support of the Franklin Parish Council on Aging.
"I'm really pleased that all the propositions passed. I believe the reason the margins were so close for Fire District 2 was because the people are already paying a $50 yearly fee to support the district," said Franklin Parish Police Jury President Ricky Campbell.
The Fire District No. 2 proposition narrowly passed by eight votes, with 115 voting "yes" on the mills tax. The Fire District 4 proposition passed, 148 to 64 votes. The mills tax continuation in support of the parish health unit passed 1,680 to 857 votes, the mills tax continuation in support of the library passed 1,632 to 879 votes and the mills tax continuation in support in support of the Council on Aging passed 1,648 to 844 votes.