‘This is your school system’: Bossier Schools hosts town hall to discuss property tax renewals

Bossier residents can ask their questions Thursday evening during a town hall.
Bossier residents can ask their questions Thursday evening during a town hall.
Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 5:38 AM CST
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Bossier Parish voters will head to the polls April 30 to address three property tax renewals — all of which significantly impact students, educators, support staff, and maintenance operations.

If voters pass the propositions, the three tax renewals would continue to generate an estimated $48 million for the district. The district is not adding new taxes.

Bossier residents were able to ask their questions Thursday evening during a town hall at the Bossier Instructional Center.

For those who were unable to attend the town hall in person, you can view the discussion on the Bossier Schools YouTube channel.

Election day is set for April 30.
Election day is set for April 30.(Bossier Schools | BPSB)

“We encourage everyone to vote because this is your school system, your tax dollars fund Bossier Schools,” said Sonja Bailes, public relations liaison for Bossier Schools. “It affects the very livelihood of Bossier Parish as a whole, a strong school system and safety are key factors to a community.”

If passed, the propositions would continue to fund the salaries and benefits of district staff members, including the maintenance operations for the district’s schools and facilities. Bailes said if propositions one and three fail, the result could affect hundreds of teachers.

“That would be the equivalent of 448 teaching positions, so nearly a third of our teaching staff could possibly be affected,” Bailes explained. “We’re hoping that voters will arm themselves with information, so they can be educated voters on April 30.”

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