Senior Citizens, Health Unit, Road District levies continued

Vernon Parish voters renewed property taxes Saturday for health unit support and for senior citizens programs.

Both proposals are continuations for 10 years of levies that have been on the parish roll for some time.

The health unit proposal provides just over $400,000 annually for the parish share of the unit’s operating expense. The tax also funds the parish animal shelter and provides money for various health-related costs, such as inmate medical care.

Seniors programs receive about $147,000 for matching state and federal allocations for senior services.

Voters also approved continuation of two taxes in Road District 5 that raise about $200,000 between them for road and bridge maintenance and improvement.

In voting for state treasurer, about 80 percent of the Vernon residents voting favored John Schroder, a Covington Republican, over Derrick Edwards, a New Orleans Democrat.

The complete but unofficial vote for the parish proposals:

Senior Citizens: 66% yes, 34 percent no;

Health Unit: 61% yes, 39% no;

Road Dist. Prop. 1: 77% yes; 23% no.

Road Dist. Prop. 2: 77% yes; 23% no,

About 1,900 of the parish’s 25,000 registered voters voted on the parish-wide proposals.

With 92 percent of the precincts counted statewide, Schroder had 59 percent of the vote.