Ascension Parish Council to put tax proposals for, recreation, fire protection on Nov. ballot

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GONZALES, Louisiana — Ascension Parish residents will vote in the fall on two tax proposals to build and operate $31 million in upgraded recreational facilities and to continue funding Prairieville firefighters.

The Advocate reports ( ) the parish council voted Thursday to put both tax propositions on the ballot on Nov. 4.

The council voted 7-2 for the new parish-wide, 10-year, 5-mill property tax for recreation and voted 9-0 for renewal of a 10-year, 10-mill property tax for parish Fire Protection District No. 3 on the same ballot. The renewal also includes annual $100 parcel fees for commercial property and $32 fees for residential property.

The fire tax expires at the end of this year. The fire district corresponds to the Prairieville area.

The proposed recreation tax would give Ascension its first dedicated funding source for recreation, supplanting $2.5 million the council currently sets aside from the general fund.

Information from: The Advocate,

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