Early voting for the April 24 election will begin Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and continue through April 17, excluding Sunday.

A sales tax proposition is on ballots parishwide, and a property tax renewal is on ballots in Downtown Hammond.

Registered Tangipahoa Parish voters can cast their ballots those days at either of the Tangipahoa Parish Registrar of Voters offices, which are located in the Tangipahoa Courthouse, 110 N Bay St., Amite, Suite 103, and at the Tangipahoa Parish Government Building, 15475 Club Deluxe Road, Hammond.

The deadline to request a mail ballot from the registrar is April 20. Completed mail ballots must be received back at the registrar’s office no later than April 23.

The Educational Facilities Improvement District, on behalf of Tangipahoa Parish School Board, is proposing a parishwide half-cent sales tax.

The tax would raise an estimated $10 million per year to provide for a 7 percent salary increase for all full-time Tangipahoa Parish School System employees. This revenue would allow the school system to offer more competitive salaries with other neighboring school districts.

If passed, the 0.5 percent tax will apply to sales of retail, use, lease or rental, consumption, and storage for use or consumption of tangible property and on sales of services within the parishwide district for a 15-year period, beginning July 1, 2021.

The tax would not be collected on groceries and prescriptions.

The proposition says the revenue will be used for the sole purpose of helping the Tangipahoa Parish School Board provide more salaries and benefits to teachers and support workers in the school district.

Also on the ballots of more than 470 voters in the Hammond Downtown Development District is a 14.16 mill property tax renewal.

If that tax renewal is approved, the DDD will continue to collect 14.16 mills of special tax on all property subject to taxation within the district for a 10-year period, beginning in 2024 and ending in 2033.

According to the proposition, the tax is estimated to generate $317,000 per year which will be used to construct, renovate, acquire, operate or maintain facilities contemplated by the district’s redevelopment plan and for the operating expenses of the district, including funding neighborhood grants for residential areas east and west and providing matching funds for inducement of development in the district.

The tax is subject to homestead exemption as provided by state law.

Individual voter sample ballots can be found online at TangiVotes.com or on the GeauxVote mobile app.

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