Election: Saturday, April 29th
Thursday, April 27, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish - On this Saturday, April 29, citizens can vote on a 7 mil property tax for flood protection. The tax will fund the parish's portion of a Hurricane/Flood Protection Levee which extends 18 miles from the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Montz to Mt. Airy.
Last year, Congress approved construction of the Westshore Lake Pontchartrain Project, however, the $718 million project requires a $50 million dollar commitment from St. John and annual maintenance costs of $5 million. The proposed 7 mil increase in property taxes will help pay St. John's cost share.
The Assessor's office projects that homeowners could see their annual taxes increase by about $17/yearly for homes valued at $100,000 to $650/yearly for homes valued at $1 million if passed. Homes assessed at under $75,000 are exempt. "The average increase for a property owner is $3.44 cents per month," said Assessor Lucien Gauff, III. "This is a less than a gallon of milk."
Election Day voting will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at each polling location.
"It is vital that you cast your vote on this tax which is necessary to fund levee construction to protect our homes, businesses, industries and evacuation routes," said Parish President Natalie Robottom. "These funds cannot be used for anything else." Sheriff Mike Tregre added, "We are closer than we have ever been, and it is vital that you vote to ensure public safety and protect lives."
Please verify your voting precinct at www.sos.la.gov and remember to bring photo identification. For more information on the upcoming election, including Frequently Asked Questions, and home value chart, please visit the Levee tab at sjbparish.com.