Bienville Parish tax renewal passes

Bienville Parish residents turned up at the polls on Saturday, April 29, for the parish-wide sales tax renewal election to authorize the renewal of a sales and use tax of 1% that will be levied and collected from retail, use, lease or rental, consumption, storage for use or consumption, personal property and sales of service within the parish.

 The renewal passed by a wide margin with 87.83 percent voting “yes” and only 12.17 percent voting “no.”

The renewal of the 1% sales and use tax is estimated to collect an amount of $3,100,00 per year for a period of ten years. The collection of the tax will begin on July 1, 2024, and end June 30, 2034.  

The proceeds raised from this tax will be used to continue providing collection and disposal of solid waste for the residents of the parish, payment of contracts for this provision that includes, acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operation of equipment and necessary facilities.   

The remaining proceeds that are collected for the 1% sales and use tax will be used for constructing, improving and maintaining public roads and bridges in the parish.  

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