What Lincoln Parish Voters will be Deciding Saturday

PW School Board – New 1/2% Sales & Use Tax

Shall the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana (the “School Board”), be authorized to levy and collect a tax of one-half of one percent (1/2%) (the “Tax”), in perpetuity, commencing July 1, 2020, upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish of Lincoln (the “Parish”), all as provided by law (an estimated $4,600,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of giving additional support to the public elementary and secondary schools in the Parish, including, but not limited to: (i) providing enhanced security at all public schools and facilities in the system, including a school resource officer (SRO) at each school, which SRO shall be a commissioned law enforcement officer and (ii) salaries and benefits of teachers and other public school employees?

Fire Protection District No. 1 – $72.00 Service Charge Renewal – 10 Yrs. (for voters outside the corporate limits of Ruston, Grambling and Choudrant)

Shall Fire Protection District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana (the “District”), assess and collect an annual service charge of Seventy-Two Dollars ($72.00) from persons owning residential or commercial structures, whether occupied or unoccupied, located wholly or partly within the boundaries of the District, for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2021 and ending with the year 2030 (an estimated $600,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the service charge for an entire year), both years inclusive, for the purpose of paying the costs of fire protection services and emergency services in and for the District, including the cost of acquiring, operating and maintaining equipment and facilities necessary for such services, and, for purposes of assessing and collecting said service charge, owners shall be assessed a service charge for each such structure which they own, each residential or commercial unit in a structure shall be considered a separate structure and a mobile home, as defined in R.S. 9:1149.2(3), shall be considered a structure, all as provided in R.S. 40:1502.1?

40 Responses to “What Lincoln Parish Voters will be Deciding Saturday”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Vote NO. Sheriff all ready providing resource officers to school so this would be a tax to relieve Sheriff of the cost of providing officers to school which he has promised to provide officers to all schools if elected.
    Vote NO. Fire tax was for a volunteer department and citizens was promised a reduction in fire tax but department has become much more than an volunteer department. And every structure u own would be taxed meaning every structure U have not attached to your house could be taxed also.

    • Anonymous Says:

      The tax is to help teachers and support Dutton with a pay raise, they already don’t make enough as it is, second of all the funding for SRO officers comes out of the district’s budget and not the Sheriff’s office.

      Vote Yes, the staff in this district deserve this and security is a high need in schools!!

      • Anonymous Says:

        Not true

      • Caleb Daniel Says:

        Currently, about 90% of the funding for the SRO program comes from the sheriff’s office. It costs about $900K/year to put an officer in every school and two at RHS. The school board currently pays just $90K to the sheriff’s office. If the tax passes, the plan is to move to roughly 50/50 funding on SRO’s between the two offices.
        So yes, the officers are already in place. It’s unclear if the sheriff’s office could afford to continue footing 90% of the bill long term if the tax fails or not.
        But also remember that that’s only about $450K out of the more than $4 million this tax is expected to generate yearly. The biggest portion of it will go to the teacher and support staff raises. Hope that clears some things up.

        • Caleb Daniel Says:

          Reading the proposition itself again, it’s kind of a misnomer for the SRO part to be listed above the salary part. The pay raises constitute about 63% of the tax dollars.

          • Anonymous Says:

            I like your commitment to the truth and the prevention of misunderstanding, Caleb. Keep up the good work.

          • Anonymous Says:

            The scary thing is the proposition says the tax “is not limited to” SROs and teacher’s salaries. It can be spent for anything.

            • Caleb Daniel Says:

              Board members did have questions about that when the proposition was first approved (way back in October), and apparently the state of Louisiana cut down on the word limit for tax propositions considerably. I believe it’s only 200 words now. So the idea was they would list the two “main” things and leave the door open with “not limited to” so they can do the other things they wanted to use the money for. Pay and safety make up about 76% of what they say they plan to spend it on, with the rest being general budget concerns such as the soaring cost of health insurance and the rise in property insurance since the tornado.
              But you’re absolutely right, those other things aren’t listed on the proposition, and therefore the board isn’t legally bound to stick to them. Worth keeping an eye on if it passes.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    But the sheriff’s office has just hired SROs for the schools that didn’t already have one. ?? Vote no!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Every government agency ever created is eventually infiltrated by people who do not share the agency’s stated goal. In time, the agency’s stated goal becomes irrelevant, and from then is managed for the benefit of the managers.

    • Anonymous Says:

      As is evidenced by what is happening in the Police Jury right now. Spending money that they don’t have. And now the new administrator wants to hire a full time engineer. Courtney Hall did not have a full time engineer. He learned to do it himself with the help of consulting engineers.

    • YesItDoes Says:

      Every government program eventually becomes a jobs (and associated benefits) program and more and more effort is put forth to avoid changing or eliminating payroll.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    A nickel here, a dime there, it all adds up over time. If we can afford turf fields and new buildings for cheerleader practice when existing gyms sufficed for 100 years, there must be enough money already.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    And just wait, the police jury is going to want to raise your millage rate. And library tax coming up later this year.

  6. Uh Oh Says:

    Shall the LPSB skim $5 million more per year from the Parish economy, from now on, no matter what?
    Shall we have artificial turf on the sports fields and empty buildings costing millions?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Postel good at running mouth. Wants to be top dog and let others do the work and he’ll take credit

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Postel missed his calling

    • Anonymous Says:

      Wonder what his true calling is?

      • Anonymous Says:

        Belittling someone personally like this is juvenile. If you’re going to discuss something, discuss policy and skill set And how it relates to the article. Who cares what someone wears or what they look like if they can do the job. Again there’s a lot of money being spent and ideas being talked about that weren’t necessary with Courtney. You have to wonder why.

        • Anonymous Says:

          Money being spent is the problem and the method and dishonesty in which this jury conducts their business . Glad Tracy escaped it.

  9. YouGotItComing Says:

    The PJ is the only local govt body that has not passed or asked for a new tax in years and no one appreaciates any attempt at thrift. I have already voted no but you all will give government everything you have from the looks of it. Some of them want a new courthouse so get ready.
    Soon only government employees will
    Have a retirement and health insurance so pony up and pay.

    • Q Says:

      We need a nice antebellum style courthouse. We can use the CMAR process so Lincoln Builder’s doesn’t have to bid on it. It will be nice.

      Get ready. That old orange building needs to be knocked down. Ruston is much classier that that.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Ruston can get ready for about 20 mils more on those classy big houses to make the payments on the new courthouse.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Many people appreciate thrift. It just doesn’t make the news. We need more news about how our government helps make our tax dollars go further.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    All entities in parish get a raise in tax revenue every 4 years via property value increases. When was the last time property values decreased? Not in my life time, Time to vote NO on any tax proposition.

    • Anonymous Says:

      New property goes on the tax rolls every January and pays annual property taxes by the end of that year. That is one form of ongoing increase in income from ad valorem taxes.
      Every four years all property is reassessed as to its value for purposes of add valorem taxation. If there is a net increase in value, mileages automatically adjust down so that there is no increase in tax collected due to the increase in valuation, unless the governing body which levys the tax holds a public hearing and votes by 2/3 to keep the same rate (Millage) which, because of the increase in values, will result in collecting more money.
      A millage which pays a bond issue can only collect enough money to make the payments; no more, and no less.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    The integrity of the outcome of this election is in doubt. 1. Only 2 propositions on screen. So what happen to the third one. People go into booth with a made up mind and don’t want to take up time to read propositions. 2. On one proposition the x would not come up on the square box but instead would show up on the top left hand corner of the screen. By x not showing up in proper box how can u be assured that your vote was counted as u wanted. Someone has some explaining to do.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Very strange, never seen anything like this before. Election results should be nullified if integrity is in question. I voted and the same happened. Had to ask where my x went to. Very strange.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Live outside city limits so I should have 3 propositions to vote on but only 2shown on screen and there’s the problem showing x up on the upper left hand top of screen no where close to the square at bottom right hand corner of screen where it should have been. So I don’t know where my vote was cast.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Voted NO today. All the way . As did my family & friends. Done with this police jury. Their character disgusted us this summer. Thought some of them were better since I attend church with them.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Why were the three? There were only two issues to vote on.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    That’s a strange comment as this had practically nothing to do with the PJ

    • Anonymous Says:

      I think the take away here is that there is a lot of confusion concerning the organization of the various governmental organizations in the parish and the police jury’s actions are beginning to affect more than just the police jury itself.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Well, as it turned out only 16% cared enough to vote; of these the school employees and family members were enough to vote themselves a raise.
    Looks like a good time to put a new courthouse on the ballot. Someone mentioned it should be “antebellum style”; I think they mean Greek revival as was popular among the gentry and plantation owners of the Old South. Brings to mind people in fields of cotton, singing spirituals. Old times there are not forgotten. I’m all for it.

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