Elections Saturday to decide runoffs, tax issues

Elections Saturday to decide runoffs, tax issues

Elections Saturday to decide runoffs, tax issues

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
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Voters on Saturday will settle the runoffs for St. Tammany Parish coroner, Harahan police chief and council races in Slidell and St. Charles Parish, while also considering several tax propositions on the ballot throughout the metro area.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  For a look at the ballot in your area, click here for information from the Secretary of State’s office.

In the St. Tammany coroner’s race, Leanne Truehart and Charles Preston are meeting in the runoff, with both vying to replace disgraced former coroner Peter Galvan, who resigned to plead guilty to corruption charges.  Truehart, a psychiatrist and deputy coroner for the parish, and Preston, a retired emergency medicine physician, led the field of four in the April primary.

In Harahan, former police chief and city councilmember Peter Dale faces former city councilmember Tim Walker, who is also a former New Orleans police officer, in a runoff for Harahan police chief.  They led the field of four in the April 5 primary.

There are also runoffs for a Slidell city council seat and a St. Charles Parish council seat.

Among the important tax issues on the ballot, Jefferson Parish voters will decide whether to renew a slate of property tax millages for ten more years.  All voters in the parish will be asked to vote on renewing a millage to fund the parish judicial system and the parish's parks and cultural activities. There are also separate taxes in other areas.  In unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the town of Jean Lafitte, voters will be asked to renew taxes that fund road lighting systems, park maintenance, the operations of the Office of Senior Citizens Services, and the funding of judicial and cultural services.

Lafourche Parish voters will decide on a proposal that would add a 0.2 percent, 30-year sales tax for the construction of a new 600-bed, $30 million parish jail.  St. Charles Parish voters will decide whether to renew an annual $2.9 million property tax millage that supports emergency services at St. Charles Parish Hospital.

On the northshore, there are recreation & fire district taxes and bond issues on the ballot in St. Tammany Parish.   In Tangipahoa, Hammond-area voters will consider a tax millage to support Hammond schools’ magnet and accelerated programs. 

WWL-TV and WWLTV.com will have election results on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m., with full results on Channel 4's Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. 

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