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St. James Seeks Juvenile Tax Renewal

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 9:04am

CONVENT, La. (AP) - St. James Parish government officials are
asking voters Saturday to renew a parish-wide 1-mill property tax to help pay for an 80-bed juvenile detention facility near Donaldsonville.

If renewed, the 1-mill property tax would generate $400,000 annually over the 20-year life of the tax, which is subject to Louisiana's homestead exemption.

Parish officials said the tax expires this year. The seven-member Parish Council agreed Monday to put the tax on the ballot.

Parish President Dale Hymel Jr. said the center employs about 60
people locally and meets a need for juvenile detention.