5 tax propositions on St. Tammany’s May 2 ballot: What you need to know

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Five tax propositions are on the St. Tammany Parish ballot for May 2, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. None of the propositions are parishwide, however.

(Click here for secretary of state’s ballot)

Three of the propositions are renewals of existing taxes. Two others are for the Slidell-area Recreation District No. 16 to build a $14 million complex on 75 acres near the Slidell Municipal Airport.

Wednesday (April 1) is the last day for people to register to be eligible to vote in the May 2 election. (Online registration is here.)  Early voting is April 18-25.

Here are the propositions:

1) Recreation District No. 16’s “Proposition 1” asks voters to approve $14 million in bonds, backed by a 4.75-mill tax and not to exceed 20 years. The bonds would cover land acquisition and construction, according to the wording on the ballot. The district includes the parish’s 8th and 9th Wards, but does not include the city of Slidell, Oak Harbor or Eden Isles.

2) The district’s “Proposition 2” asks voters to approve a 4.15-mill tax for 10 years to raise money for maintaining and operating parks. The district proposes a Pelican Park-like facility on the east side of the parish, called Camellia Park, that would include a gym, ball fields, tennis courts and a 50-meter pool. The ballot says the tax would bring in around $836,000 annually.

3) Covington-based Fire District No. 12 seeks the renewal of a 5-mill tax for 20 years. The tax is anticipated to bring in around $1.17 million annually, according to the ballot.

4) The Northshore Harbor Center District in Slidell seeks the renewal of a 3-mill tax for 10 years. The tax is expected to bring in around $1.6 million annually, according to the ballot.

5) Recreation District No. 7 seeks renewal of a 3.98-mill tax for 10 years. The tax is expected to bring in around $140,000 annually, the ballot says. The district  runs from just north of the town of Pearl River to an area north of Talisheek, including the communities of Evans Creek, Sixth Ward, Charter Oak and St. Tammany.

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East St. Tammany Chamber endorses recreation district tax proposals

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The East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce has announced its support of the 16th Recreation District’s tax proposals on the May 2 ballot. At a recent meeting, the chamber’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution endorsing the district’s proposals to generate funding to build and operate a $14 million multi-use recreation complex adjacent to Slidell Municipal Airport.

In a news release, the chamber said the endorsement acknowledges the value of public recreation to public health, economic development and quality of life.

“We’re very excited to have the support of the local business community,” said Sharon Hewitt, chairwoman of the recreation district‘s board. “These propositions will cost our citizens very little but will reap substantial rewards in a number of areas.”

Voters will be asked to approve two propositions totaling 8.9-mills of property tax to build and run the complex, which would be called Camellia Park. One proposition would provide funding to acquire 75 acres of land and build the park; the other would provide revenue for operations.

The 8.9 mills would cost the owner of a $150,000 house about $67 per year. The owner of a $200,000 house would pay about $111 annually.

Phase One plans include a basketball gymnasium with classroom and office space; four rectangular fields for football, soccer and lacrosse; a 50-meter, 8-lane swimming pool; and 12 tennis courts.

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