By Bonnie Culverhouse
(Editor’s Note: There are four amendments on the November 18 ballot. See Wednesday’s Webster Parish Journal for a list.)
Early voting is currently under way for the November 18 ballot, which will be short on the number of voting items – especially for Webster Parish. However, the ones that are listed may be important for certain districts.
According to the Webster Parish Registrar of Voters office, Fire District 9 (Shongaloo) has a millage continuation proposition while Fire District 6 (Cullen) is a bond proposition.
Denise Weeks, assistant Registrar of Voters for Webster Parish, said Shongaloo would continue levying a 11.41-mils tax “for property subject to taxation in the district – an estimated $150,800 to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year for a period of 10 years beginning in 2024 and ending in 2033.”
Cullen’s Fire District 6 reads “incur debt and issue bonds in the amount not exceeding $2.4 million in one or more series to run not exceeding the years from the date thereof with an interest rate not exceeding 7 percent annum (one year) for the purpose of acquiring construction and improving buildings and equipment in the fire protection district.”
Statewide, there will be runoffs between Secretary of State candidates Gwen Collins-Greenup and Nancy Landry who each acquired 19 percent of the vote. Greenup is a democrat, while Landry is a republican, Attorney General Liz Baker Murrill (republican) with 45 percent of the vote and Democrat Lindsey Cheek with 23 percent and Treasurer candidates Republican John Fleming and Democrat Dustin Granger. Fleming had 44 percent of the statewide vote, while Granger garnered 32 percent.
BESE races are on the ballot, as well.
Early voting is 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Nov. 11, except Sunday and Veterans Day at Webster Parish Courthouse and Springhill Civic Center.