NEW ORLEANS - The future of tolls on the Crescent City Connection should be decided once and for all Saturday, when voters in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes go to the polls to consider that and several other items on the metro area ballot.
There are runoffs for an Orleans Juvenile Court seat and a Jefferson Parish judgeship on the ballot, as well as several tax millage renewals in Jefferson and other parishes, a Westwego mayor and council runoff and St. Charles Parish council district runoff.
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Polling places are open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., following the new voting schedule recently enacted statewide.
The CCC tolls issue will get the most attention from voters, though turnout is still expected to be low. This second election for the bridge tolls issue was called for after a judge nullified the Nov. 6 election results, in which voters renewed the tolls by a razor-thin margin of 36 votes. Those votes were challenged in court because of alleged voting irregularities. Voters in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish only will decide whether tolls on the bridge should be renewed for another 20 years. Since Judge William Morvant called for the new election, tolls on the bridge have been suspended.
In Orleans Parish, voters will decide a runoff for Juvenile Court, between Doug Hammel and Yolanda King, who are running to replace Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, who was elected to the Criminal District Court bench.
Another hotly-contested judicial race in parts of eastern Jefferson Parish pits Hilary Landry against Scott Schlegel. The two made the April 6 runoff for the Division D seat, which was formerly held by Judge Robert Murphy, who left the bench for a post on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Incumbent Westwego mayor Johnny Shaddinger will face challenger Ted Munch in the runoff Saturday, a repeat of the election nearly five years ago which sent Shaddinger to the city’s top post. Shaddinger earned 47 percent of the vote in the primary, missing an outright win. The same candidates ran for mayor in 2008, with Munch leading in the primary but losing to Shaddinger in the runoff. There is also a runoff Saturday for a seat on the Westwego City Council, between Melvin Guidry and Gary Toups.
Also in Jefferson Parish, a 7-mill property tax for public schools, that generates more than $23 million annually, is up for renewal on Saturday’s ballot. The tax makes up about 30 percent of the total amount the school system collects in property taxes. There are also tax issues dealing with fire protection and sewerage systems in Jefferson.
There are also tax issues on the ballot in St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes.
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Eyewitness News will have election results soon after the polls close at 8 p.m. Saturday on WWLTV.com and on WWL-TV Channel 4, as well as full coverage on Eyewitness News at 10.