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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Voters pass and reject taxes

Voters pass and reject taxes

Golden Meadow and Lockport council members selected

Theriot elected to judgeship


Lafourche Parish voters provided a split decision to two tax proposals on Saturday, passing a renewal to a 2.1 mill property tax for the operations of the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District. But voters north of the Intracoastal Canal voted down a proposed sales tax to speed construction of levee construction and drainage work in the central and northern portions of the parish. 

In passing the millage renewal for the freshwater district, voters renewed a property tax that allows the district to move water from the Mississippi River into Bayou Lafourche where it is then treated for use by various facilities along the bayou. 

The renewal passed by a measure of 7,573 votes, or 73 percent for to 2,741 votes, or 27 percent opposed.  Voters in Ascension and Assumption parishes also voted on the renewal. 

Voters in the central and northern portions of Lafourche Parish, specifically above the Intracoastal Canal, voted down a proposed one-cent sales tax that would have funded additional operations and construction for the North Lafourche Levee District. 

The district currently brings in about $3 million annually with the bulk of the funding going towards maintenance and a smaller portion to new construction.  The funding from the new sales tax would have gone to new construction to help speed a backlog of work that officials had identified. 

In Saturday’s vote on the tax, 2,799 people or 46 percent voted yes to 3,307 or 54 percent who voted no. 

In Golden Meadow elections, voters had to choose two additional members for seats on the town council.  Voters chose to re-elect Priscilla Mounic to another term on the board while Lindberg “Bap” Lorraine, Jr. was also elected to a four-year term. 

Two other candidates were seeking the two remaining spots on the Golden Meadow council.  Mounic led the field with 307 votes for 34 percent and Lorraine polled 284 votes for 31 percent.  Trailing were Troy Dufrene with 173 votes for 19 percent and Mike Billiot with 148 votes for 16 percent. 

Mounic and Lorraine will join Dave Adams, Jody Cheramie and Willis Toups on the Golden Meadow Town Council.  Adams, Cheramie and Toups were elected in November. 

In Lockport, Sharon Robichaux Guidry won a runoff against Ralph Sapia for a seat on the Lockport Town Council.  Guidry won the “Seat B” slot on the council by polling 268 votes, or 54 percent, to Sapia’s 229 votes or 46 percent. 

In a regional contest for a seat on the Louisiana Court of Appeals, Raceland attorney Mitch Theriot defeated District Judge William DuPont of Plaquemine.  Theriot polled 25,793 votes for 53 percent to DuPont’s 22,783 votes or 47 percent. 

The race for the court’s “Division B” seat reached across several parishes including Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. Mary, Ascension, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee and Iberville parishes. 

Theriot handily defeated DuPont in his home base of Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes by margins that led to his victory.  In Lafourche, Theriot polled 7,263 votes to DuPont’s 1,063 and in Terrebonne, Theriot garnered 6,548 votes to DuPont’s 1,733.

Theriot will take the appeals seat held by Jimmy Gaidry, who is retiring.