Voters reject every tax on the ballot

Library, Fire Department, flood protection all get thumbs down
By Chad M. West
 
St. Bernard Parish voters overwhelmingly rejected every tax on the Dec. 6 ballot, including 10 renewals and two increases. One of those increases was to close a gap in the Lake Borgne Basin Levee District’s budget and help pay for maintenance of the post-Katrina flood control system updates, said LBBLD Director Nick Cali. “We asked the voters of St. Bernard a question and they gave us a response,” Cali said. That response could leave the district to cut 17 percent of its budget to make up for a $500,000 shortfall it has been running each year for the last three years. The additional burden of keeping up with the extensive network of gates, pumping stations and flood walls installed or updated since Hurricane Katrina has largely been paid out of a surplus, Cali said, but the funds are now drying up. Although voters rejected the millage this time around, Cali said the issue will inevitably come back around.
 
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