Tina Cooley, the Vernon Parish Registrar of Voters, has announced the dates and times for early voting in regards to the December general election.

Tina Cooley, the Vernon Parish Registrar of Voters, has announced the dates and times for early voting in regards to the December general election.

Early voting begins on Saturday, Nov. 22, and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Registrar of Voters office. Voting will be open from 8:30 a.m-6 p.m. everyday, with the exception of Sunday, Thursday and Friday. Thursday and Friday serve as the Thanksgiving holiday for the City of Leesville; thus, offices will be closed on those days.

The general election will take place from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, where six contests are on the ballot in Vernon Parish. One of the contests is the runoff election for the U.S. Senate, while three are Vernon Parish elections.

The other two items on the ballot take place in just a portion of Vernon Parish.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-New Orleans) will face U.S. Representative Dr. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) for her seat in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans now have the majority. Landrieu has served three terms in the Senate and is looking for her fourth six-year term.

In Vernon Parish, a runoff election is being held to select a new 30th District Court, Division B Judge. Anthony Eaves, who picked up over 40 percent of the vote earlier this month, is facing Tony Tillman for the post.

In other parishwide elections, the police jury is aiming for the continuation of two sales tax propositions.

Proposition No. 1 would allow the police jury to levy and collect a 1 percent sales and use tax for a period of 10 years, beginning in April of 2016. The proceeds raised from this tax, which is an estimated $6 million per year, would continue to be used for the purposes of collecting and disposing of solid waste, along with the operation and maintenance of the recycling center. Additionally, any remaining funds would fund the construction, improvement, operation and maintaining of public buildings, along with surfacing bridges and roads and the purchase of any needed equipment.

Proposition No. 2 would give permission to the police jury to collect and levy at one-half percent tax for a 10-year period, also beginning in April of 2016. Half of the collected tax, which is estimated to be just over $3 million annually, would be used to pay for the construction, improvement and maintenance of public roads, highways and bridges within Vernon Parish, while the other half would fund the cost of construction, acquisition, improvement, maintenance and operation of parishwide fire protection facilities.

The remaining two propositions on the ballot deal with the renewal of taxes in specific areas of Vernon Parish.

Road District No. 8, which is located in the Hicks area, is hoping to renew an 18.62 mill tax to help maintain parish roads and bridges, along with any improvement or construction needed on roads and bridges within the area. It is a 10-year renewal and is expected to generate just over $60,000 annually.

In Hornbeck, School District No. 143 also has a tax renewal proposition up for election. This is a 10.39 mills tax for a 10-year period beginning in 2016 and continuing until 2025. An estimated total of $31,170 is expected to be generated from this renewal and would be dedicated for the purpose of maintaining the gymnasium and other buildings at Hornbeck High School.