By Jim Wilkerson
Lincoln Parish citizens overwhelmingly voted to pass a 4.49 millage renewal for the Lincoln Parish Library on Saturday, Nov. 13. With 5,371 citizens voting – just under 20 percent of the voting population – 70.81 percent voted “yes” versus 29.19 percent who voted “no”.
“I am so excited about the vote for the library being positive,” Library Board Chair, Dr. Augusta Clark, said. “We were honest with the voters when we asked them to vote yes or else the library will close. They listened and acted on our request by the vote.”
“This vote is a win for Lincoln Parish and its future,” she continued. “Our thanks to all the voters who said yes!”
Assuming the $1.9 million budget would have remained in place, the Library would have gone under before the end of summer 2022 had the millage renewal been rejected. But now that the millage passed, the Library is no longer in jeopardy.
Concerning amendments to the Louisiana Constitution, Lincoln Parish citizens voted the following:
Act 131, 2021 – HB 199: Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance, and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state by the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission and to provide for the funding, duties, and responsibilities of the commission?
Act 134, 2021 – SB 159: Do you support an amendment to lower the maximum allowable rate of individual income tax and to authorize the legislature to provide by law for a deduction for federal income taxes paid?
Act 132, 2021 – SB 87: Do you support an amendment to allow levee districts created after January 1, 2006, and before October 9, 2021, whose electors approve the amendment to levy an annual tax not to exceed five mills for the purpose of constructing and maintaining levees, levee drainage, flood protection, and hurricane flood protection?
Act 157, 2021 – HB 487: Do you support an amendment to increase the amount of allowable deficit reductions to statutory dedications and constitutionally protected funds from five percent to ten percent?
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