What's on Saturday's ballot: judicial runoffs, tax issues

What's on Saturday's ballot: judicial runoffs, tax issues

What's on Saturday's ballot: judicial runoffs, tax issues

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Posted on November 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 9:24 AM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - A low voter turnout is expected Saturday for several judicial runoff elections in the metro area, as well as several important tax and bond issues.

For a full look at the ballot in your area, click here for the Secretary of State's website.

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday.

There is a congressional runoff on the ballot in District 5, which covers mostly northeast and central Louisiana, but includes parts of Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.  Republicans Neil Riser and Vance McAllister are in a runoff to replace Rodney Alexander, who resigned to take a post with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

In Orleans Parish, candidates Harry Cantrell and Mark Vicknair are in a runoff to replace Magistrate Judge Gerard Hansen, who retired Nov. 1 after 39 years in office.  There is also a Traffic Court judge runoff on the ballot in Orleans Parish, between Steven Jupiter and Clint Smith.

Also on the ballot for some Orleans voters is a small annual property tax fee for the Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission, covering most of New Orleans East, and security district fees in two neighborhoods - Eastover in New Orleans East and Twinbrook in Uptown.

In Jefferson Parish, there is only one race on the ballot.  Voters will elect a Juvenile Court judge, to replace the retiring Nancy Amato Konrad.  Barron Burmaster and Zoe Olivia Fleming are in a heated race there.

St. Tammany Parish voters will decide several tax issues throughout the parish, as well as decide a runoff for Justice of the Peace in St. Tammany Ward 4.

There is an important tax millage renewal on the ballot in Plaquemines Parish - the only item on the ballot there.  Sheriff Lonnie Greco says the 6.57 mill tax renewal is critical for funding operations of the sheriff's office, since it funds nearly a third of its $6.4 million annual budget.


There is also a bond issue on the ballot in St. John the Baptist Parish - a $30 million bond issue to pay for drainage work and other capital projects - as well as tax issues in Terrebonne Parish.

WWLTV.com and Eyewitness News will have election results once the polls close Saturday at 8 p.m. online and on Channel 4.

 

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