Early voting in St. Helena to begin

The St. Helena Parish School Board is seeking renewal April 6 of a millage that supports maintenance and operations of school district facilities.

Early voting for the municipal election begins Saturday.

The 9.48-mill, 10-year property tax, if approved, would generate an estimated $426,600 per year from 2014 through 2023, according to the text of the proposition.

A homeowner with a $150,000 property value and homestead exemption would pay $71.10 annually for the tax.

The millage, which was first established in 1983, was most recently approved on Jan. 18, 2003, and without renewal would expire after 2013.

Revenues from the tax pay for a range of reoccurring expenses, including maintenance and custodial salaries, janitorial equipment and supplies, technology equipment, fire alarm maintenance, property insurance and utilities, Joseph said.

The millage will also support maintenance and operations of the new school facilities to be built as a result of the 25.8-mill tax package voters approved on Nov. 6, she said.