NEW ORLEANS – Voters will head to the polls Saturday to cast ballots in a hotly-contested New Orleans City Council race, as well as other local runoffs, and important tax renewals.
Polls are open Saturday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.
In New Orleans there is a runoff election for an at-large seat on the City Council. Incumbent District B City Council member Stacy Head faces former District E council member and former state lawmaker Cynthia Willard-Lewis. The two led the field of seven candidates in the Mar. 24 primary election for the citywide seat formerly held by Arnie Fielkow.
In Kenner, District 3 voters will elect a new City Council member, to replace Ben Zahn, who was elected to the Jefferson Parish Council. Mary Sharon Howland and Keith Reynaud are facing off in the runoff.
On the north shore, there is a City Council runoff in Mandeville, as well as a runoff for mayor of Independence, in Tangipahoa Parish.
Among the tax issues, there is an important law enforcement sales tax renewal on the ballot. Voters first approved the ¼ cent sales tax for law enforcement in 1994. The tax funds 12.5 percent of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office budget and up to 22 percent of the budgets of some other municipal police departments.
There is also a 9-mill tax renewal for the parish school system. It provides for $28 million annually, or about 7 percent of the system’s budget, and primarily funds teacher pay.
Other tax issues in St. Tammany Parish deal with schools, recreation and fire protection. There are also school bond issues in Lafourche & St. Charles Parish and millage renewals in St. John Parish. St. John Parish is proposing new taxes for animal control, recreation and lighting, as well as several tax renewals.
For a more detailed look at the ballot in your area, click here for information from the Secretary of State's office.
Eyewitness News and WWLTV.com will bring you election results once the polls close Saturday at 8 p.m. and have analysis from Clancy DuBos, as well as live reports from the New Orleans City Council At-large candidates’ headquarters.