The public has spoken and the residents of rural Natchitoches Parish have overwhelmingly stated that they want the New Sales Tax. With 41 of 41 precincts reporting of the 2,220 votes cast, which represented a paltry 15.4% turnout, 1,446 voted FOR the New Sales Tax compared to only 774 AGAINST. Early voting statistics mirrored the opinion as well as 428 voted FOR compared to 184 voting AGAINST.
Final results of a 1% New Sales Tax in Natchitoches Parish
1,446 – FOR
774 – AGAINST
2,220 – Votes cast
Shall Sales Tax District No. 1 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana (all of Natchitoches Parish outside of the City of Natchitoches) (the “District”), be authorized to levy and collect a sales and use tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption and the storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the District, all as defined by law (an estimated $2,200,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, commencing July 1, 2021, with the avails or proceeds of the Tax (after paying reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax) to be dedicated and used for the purposes of (i) maintaining and operating a Solid Waste Collection and Disposal System for Natchitoches Parish (outside of the City of Natchitoches) and (ii) for the improvement of roads in the Natchitoches Parish Road System?