Dominic Massa / EyewitnessNews

The second time was the charm for a trio of Jefferson Parish tax propositions, which voters overwhelmingly approved Saturday, at the urging of parish leaders who said the tax renewals were essential to maintaining the parish's water and sewerage systems and enhancing the public school system.

The failure of those renewals in the spring, when they appeared on the same ballot as the Crescent City Connection tolls, led to public campaigns by the parish, School Board and business groups urging voters to support the 10-year tax extensions.

The school tax millage passed by some 7,000 votes, or 63 percent. The tax makes up about 5 percent of the school system's annual budget.

The water millage passed with 71.5 percent of the vote while the 3.58-mill sewerage tax passed with 71.2 percent of the vote. Voter turnout was about 10 percent, elections officials estimated.

Parish officials said the sewer and water taxes are necessary to maintain the quality of the parish's water and sewerage systems and warned that without that funding, the systems could fall into such disrepair that federal and state regulators would be forced to step in.

- With reporting by Jeff Adelson, The NewOrleans Advocate

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