Saturday's elections to settle N.O. council runoffs, 911 fee hike, tax issues

Print
Email
|

wwltv.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 1:34 PM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS - Runoff elections on Saturday will decide the contests for two New Orleans City Council seats while also putting several tax issues before voters across the metro area.

Turnout is expected to be low for the election, with just a handful of races on the ballot.  Polling places are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Click here for the ballot in your area and other voting information from the Secretary of State.

Voters in New Orleans City Council Districts B, which covers parts of Uptown, the Garden District, Broadmoor, CBD and Central City, and District E, which covers New Orleans East, the Ninth Ward, Desire and Florida neighborhoods, will decide the council races in the runoffs.  

The District B runoff is between LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan, each seeking to replace Stacy Head in District B.  District E candidates in the runoff are Austin Badon and James Gray, vying for the seat formerly held by Jon Johnson, who is headed to federal prison.

Another citywide issue involves the fee New Orleans residents and businesses pay for 911 emergency service.  Voters will decide whether to increase the amount that homeowners pay on their monthly phone bill by $1, to $2 each month.  Commercial phone customers would pay $3 and cell phone customers would see the 911 fee increase from 85 cents to $1.26 per month.  Emergency officials say the increase is needed to raise more revenue to enhance the operations of the Orleans Parish Communications District.  The district is funded solely by the phone fees.

Also in New Orleans East, voters are considering a special property tax to fund economic development, promotion and beautification efforts for New Orleans East. 

There is also a runoff for 2nd City Court judge in Algiers.

 

In St. Bernard Parish, a 20-mill tax increase that would fund 79 fire department positions is a hot item on the ballot.  The tax would generate $6 million for the fire department, which says it would have to make cuts and layoffs if the tax fails.  Also in St. Bernard, voters will consider a charter change to require parish employees live in the parish.

St. Tammany voters face several tax issues, including a sales tax rededication in Slidell which would benefit the police department.

Terrebonne Parish voters will also consider a 1/2 cent sales tax to fund hurricane protection.

In Tangipahoa Parish, there is a runoff for parish council, as well as for and Roseland police chief.

In Lafourche Parish, there are Lockport and Golden Meadow council runoffs.   Lafourche and Terrebonne voters will also cast ballots for an Appeals Court judgeship.  

The race that will draw national attention is in the Third Congressional District, which now covers southwest Louisiana.  Republicans Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry are facing off for the congressional seat representing that redrawn district.

Eyewitness News and WWLTV.com will have election results beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with full coverage on Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.

Click here for a look at the ballots and other voting information and click here for the text of the tax propositions.

Print
Email
|