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Parish residents vote to renew school tax

Written by Aaron Williams on . Posted in Local

In a lopsided vote in favor of the West Baton Rouge School Board, WBRresidents decided during the April 6, 2013 election that the board earned the right to maintain a 15-mil property tax that has been in place for 10 years.

The special election, in which the school tax renewal was the lone issue, will generate about $5.8 million per year, for the next 10 years, for the WBRSchool Board’s general operating expenses according to Schools Superintendent David Corona.

In a previous article from the West Side Journal, Corona said that the “renewal of this tax is important to our overall well-being as a school system.”

The official vote count, from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, showed the tax passing by a vote of 1,152, or 77% in favor and 349, or 23% opposed.

In favor of renewal

                                   76.75%

Opposed to renewal

                               23.25%

Corona said Monday that he was appreciative to the residents of the parish and he was sure that he and members of the board would continue to maintain the academic success of parish students, and that the board would continue to be go stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars.

Jason Manola, WBRSchool Board President, along with Corona, wrote a Letter to the Editor thanking the people of WBR for their support. To read it, see page 8.

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