Voters pass UPSO tax renewal

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Low turnout may have hurt some areas

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Saturday’s election results show all but two issues that were on the ballot in Union Parish passed.

The renewal of a 1 percent sales and use tax for the UP Sheriff ’s Office passed with 69 percent of those who turned out to vote. The tax is the major funding source for UPSO. “I am thankful to each and everyone who helped us get this renewed,” said Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates. “This goes a long way in helping us remain financially stable. We will definitely use the money wisely.”

A parish-wide proposition to renew a 10-year, 1.63 mills tax for the Police Jury also passed, with 66 percent of the vote.

The Sadie-Tiger Bend Fire Protection District had a $75 parcel fee renewal on the ballot. That fee is a once-a-year structure fee to help fund the Fire Districts volunteer fire department. That proposal failed 58 percent to 42 percent. Only 60 voted on the proposal, which was only a 12.3 percent turnout.

A Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to allow an out-of-state resident to serve on a public post-secondary education board of supervisors failed, getting only 18 percent of the vote. Voter participation in that one was 13.6 percent.

In a runoff election from the November election, current Town of Farmerville Alderman Thomas Nation held off challenger Janet Gatson with 67 percent of the vote. That was the highest turnout of the day in the parish, but still showed a 28.2 percent turnout.

Despite a dismal turnout for Saturday’s election, those that did show up made the decisions for everyone else.