Early voting starts Saturday on two Iberville tax renewals

Iberville Parish voters will get the opportunity on April 5 to vote up or down on two 10-year tax renewals that generate revenue for fire protection in parts of the parish.

The first tax is a levy of 3.95 mills on all property that will generate approximately $193,300 annually from 2016 until 2025 for volunteer fire protection services in District 1, which covers most of the St. Gabriel area.

The second ballot measure is a levy of 6.78 mills on all taxable property that’s expected to generate about $100,540 annually between 2015 and 2024. That revenue will fund volunteer fire services in the north Iberville area.

“Both of these have been renewed every 10 years for the past 30 years,” said Randall Dunn, director of Iberville Parish’s Finance Department. “The revenues they generate fund fire departments that are 100 percent volunteer-based, so they are important in providing equipment and whatever else the departments need.”

Early voting for the April 5 election kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the parish’s Registrar of Voters Office, located on the second floor of the new parish courthouse.

The Registrar’s Office will accept early ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 22 to March 29, except for Sunday, March 23, because the Registrar’s Office will be closed.

Early voters will need to show a Louisiana-issued identification card to cast ballots. If a voter doesn’t have a state-issued ID, the voter will be asked to provide other identifying information and complete and sign an affidavit.

Voters can also log on to www.geauxvote.com for early voting.