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23 votes cast Saturday on opening day of early voting

23 votes cast Saturday on opening day of early voting

Author: Action News 17/Sunday, April 21, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

A whopping 23 voters cast ballots Saturday on the opening day of early voting for the May 4 general election ballot in Tangipahoa Parish.


Early voting will be available on Monday, April 22 through Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day at the Registrar of Voters’ Office. 


The ballot includes two propositions—one to renew the Road Lighting District 5 tax in the rural Hammond area at a lower millage rate, and the other, a 4.29 mill 10 year renewal for Gravity Drainage District 5 in the Kentwood area.

Tangipahoa Parish Councilman David Vial said the road lighting proposition, which appears on the May 4 general election ballot, lowers the maximum millage from 15 down to just 10 mills for the lighting district that covers the rural area just outside of Hammond.

The 10-year renewal will enhance and maintain road lighting in the district boundaries which stretch from South Airport Road above I-12 east to River Road and Bennett Road as well as a portion of Old Covington Highway out to Sontheimer Road. The boundaries run north to the Industrial Park Drive and Vinyard Road area, as well as taking in residents in Vinyard Trace subdivision, who requested to be included in the road lighting district.

Approximately 1,883 voters are eligible to cast ballots in the road lighting tax election, which includes portions of precincts 44, 120B, 143, and 143A.

The drainage tax continues work already ongoing in the district. If renewed, the tax would be enacted starting with the 2020 assessment year and continue through 2029. The district collects approximately $70,000 per year annually to maintain the existing drainage plan.

Voters in portions of precincts 001, 002, 006, 101, and 105 are eligible to vote in the drainage district tax. According to statistics from the Secretary of State’s office, the district includes 2,879 qualified voters.

For more information on the May 4 general election, go to


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