St. Helena voters face four issues on May 4 ballot

By Heidi R. Kinchen

Florida Parishes bureau

St. Helena Parish voters will consider four parishwide propositions on the May 4 ballot.

Early voting begins Saturday.

The two taxes up for rededication are a 5-mill property tax that supports a now-defunct parish Health Unit and “one-half of one percent (1/2%) of the proceeds” of a one-cent sales tax that funds the parish’s solid waste collection and disposal services, according to the propositions.

Bond attorney Alan Offner said the Police Jury wants to rededicate that portion of the sales tax to road improvements.

The Health Unit millage, if voters agree to its rededication, is expected to generate $227,500 a year for parish road and bridge maintenance.

The waste disposal sales tax is estimated to generate $700,000 annually.

A homeowner with a $150,000 property value and homestead exemption would pay $37.50 per year for the rededicated Health Unit millage.

The parish’s voters also will be asked to renew two existing millages supporting Hospital Service District No. 1.

A 10-year, 5-mill property tax that funds the maintenance and operations of the parish hospital building, if renewed, is expected to generate an estimated $212,000 per year.

A second 10-year, 10-mill tax, if renewed, is expected to generate about $425,000 annually for the hospital district’s nursing home.

A homeowner with a $150,000 property value and homestead exemption would pay $37.50 per year for the hospital maintenance tax and $75 annually for the nursing home tax.