Parish retains separate library millages

Staff Report

The renewal of two millage taxes dedicated to the Ascension Parish Library system will be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election.

The Ascension Parish Council voted  6 to 3 on Aug. 6 to place the renewals on the ballot as they currently exist.

An original motion requested by library officials to combine the 4.2 mill and 2.6 mill taxes on one ballot fell by the wayside in favor of a substitute motion by Finance Committee Chairman Chris Loar which would make the mills separate.

If the millages had been combined, voters would have voted for a new 6.8-mill tax. Retaining separate ballots gives voter’s the option to reject one or both, or approve one or both, of the two millages.

Voting against the substitute motion were councilmen Oliver Joseph, Dempsey Lambert and Todd Lambert. Councilman George Valentine was absent from the meeting.

In support of Loar’s motion were councilmen Adrian Thompson, Kent Schexnaydre, Randy Clouatre, Dennis Cullen, Benny Johnson, and Loar.

If voters renew the millages, they will be in effect for 10 years.  The current millages are due to expire at the end of this year.

In other unrelated matters, the council adopted a resolution urging President Obama to reduce the six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling the Gulf of Mexico to no more than 30 days, and heard Superintendent of Schools Patrice Pujul give an update on parish schools.