Bienville, DeSoto voters face decisions Saturday on local tax propositions

Most of them are renewals
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 4:52 PM CST
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(KSLA) — Voters in Bienville and DeSoto will decide on several tax propositions Saturday.

In Bienville, there are four propositions, including one that would be a new tax starting in 2023 if voters approve.

They will see it listed on their ballots as the Hospital Service District Number 1 Proposition. This is a 1.94-mill tax that will be used to acquire, construct, improve and, ultimately, upkeep Bienville Medical Center in Ringgold.

There’s also a parishwide tax renewal. It’s 4.03 mills to fund equipment, supplies, maintenance of the parish’s public libraries.

In addition, voters in the town of Gibsland will be asked to consider renewing a sales tax. Approval of the proposition would allow the town to continue to collect a 1% sales tax.

Lastly in Bienville Parish, Ward 7 Fire Protection District is asking that voters renew a 5.13-mill tax to help them continue to maintain and improve their resources.

In DeSoto Parish, voters face two local funding propositions.

Fire Protection District 1 is seeking renewal of a tax to help maintain and upkeep the fire department for another 10 years. This tax accounts for the majority of the department’s income.

DeSoto voters also will be asked to renew a 6.06-mill tax to help maintain the parish’s roads and bridges and purchase equipment and supplies.