Two bond issues will be on the ballots for Vernon Parish voters today.
Voters parish wide will be able to decide whether to levy a ten-year, one mil tax to provide funds for services to the elderly, including the establishment and maintenance of centers for senior citizens. Residents in Orange School District 145, the Anacoco School District, will also have the opportunity to decide if a 63 mill property bond will be passed.
The one mil tax would bring welcome relief to the Vernon Council on Aging which, with price increases in gas and food over the last year, has had to make unwelcome cutbacks in its programs. If the relief isn't soon enough and big enough, then even more cuts are looming in the future, said Marvis Chance, executive director of the VCoA.
 "We urge you to vote yes for the millage tax, which will be dedicated to helping the seniors of Vernon Parish," said Chance. "The funds generated by this tax will enable additional seniors to be added to the Meals on Wheels program, which at present has a waiting list of 50 seniors." The program provides nutritious meals to seniors who lack transportation.
"This tax will give us a leg up on the baby boomer generation," Chance said, explaining that this year marks the year that baby boomers enter the senior citizen age group. About 13 percent of the population of Vernon is over the age of 60. That number will jump about two or three percent every year for the next 10 years. Within five or ten years, about 20 percent of the population in the parish will be over the age of 55.
If passed,  the 63 mil property bond in the Anacoco School District will finance capital improvements to the elementary, junior high and high school facilities. The bond will not exceed $4,100,000 for a 25 year general obligation bond for the purpose of improving building sites, playgrounds and several other projects.
One of the main reasons for the bond is the need for repairs to the high school’s roof.
School Board Member, District 2 Ricky Reese explained that currently there is no construction bond in the school district, having recently paid off the last bond which was used to build the high school.