Caddo Commission takes big defeat in property tax election


The Caddo Commission lost a bid to renew four property tax millages in today’s election according to the freshly reported election results from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website (here).  The loss is an embarrassing loss for supporters of the high tax rates within our Parish, as the election was intended to produce a very low turnout.  That low turnout was expected to turn out enough for a handy victory in support of the taxes as endorsements from every pro-government NGO around came in to combine with the already large amount of voters who work for the Parish.  While the results are close in numbers, the opponents of the taxes are the true story of the election.  Without any funding or organized “get out the vote” efforts like the proponents had, opponents turned out to show their dismay at the largely unpopular Caddo Commission and its efforts to have voters adopt these property taxes anywhere from two to five years early.  Opponents were galvanized around a series of scandals the Caddo Commission has been engulfed in, most notably the CPERS self-pay scandal exposed by Elliott Stonecipher two years ago.  Experts like Mr. Stonecipher have advised that the Caddo Commission will stay true to their form and simply put these taxes on another ballot in the near future and make citizens vote again on these taxes.

UPDATE

District 3 Caddo Commissioner Steven Jackson has gone public with a claim that the defeat of the taxes in tonight’s election was due to an “organized effort of misinformation”.  Almost comically if it were not true, Jackson actually was part of the only known “organized effort” of voter influence via his involvement with a little known PAC called “Put Caddo First” that was in support of the taxes.  It is unknown whether or not Jackson understands what constitutes an “organized effort”.

PW Prop. No. 1 (Public Facilities) — .83 Mills Renewal – PC – 10 Yrs.

All 151 precincts reporting

Absentee reporting – 100%
YES 49.94% 6,743
NO 50.06% 6,759

PW Prop. No. 2 (Pub. Health Facilities) — .87 Mills Renewal – PC – 10 Yrs.

All 151 precincts reporting

Absentee reporting – 100%
YES 49.57% 6,682
NO 50.43% 6,799

PW Prop. No. 3 (Juv. Court & Detention) — 1.97 Mills Renewal – PC – 10 Yrs.

All 151 precincts reporting

Absentee reporting – 100%
YES 48.89% 6,596
NO 51.11% 6,895

PW Prop. No. 4 (Courthouse) — 2.72 Mills Renewal – PC – 10 Yrs.

All 151 precincts reporting

Absentee reporting – 100%
YES 46.66% 6,223
NO 53.34% 7,115
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