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===Louisiana bond issue===
 
===Louisiana bond issue===
  
The Louisiana Constitution, in Article VI, Section 33A requires all political subdivisions including school districts to place propositions on the ballot for bond issues<ref name="bonds" />.
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The Louisiana Constitution, in Article VI, Section 33A requires all political subdivisions including school districts to place propositions on the ballot for bond issues.<ref name="bonds" />
  
All bonds must have the full faith and credit of the State of Louisiana<ref>[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 33B)</ref>.
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All bonds must have the full faith and credit of the State of Louisiana.<ref>[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 33B)</ref>
  
 
===Special school tax===
 
===Special school tax===
  
The voters of a Louisiana Parish (County) school district can vote via a referendum can vote for a special tax for capital improvements.  This is protected in the [[Louisiana Constitution]] in Article VI, Section 32 of the Constitution's 1974 version.   
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The voters of a Louisiana Parish (County) school district can vote via a referendum for a special tax for capital improvements.  This is protected in the [[Louisiana Constitution]] in Article VI, Section 32 of the Constitution's 1974 version.   
  
The tax is limited to ten years at a interest rate of eight percent<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81238 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes](Referenced Statue 17:98, Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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The tax is limited to ten years at a interest rate of eight percent.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81238 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes](Referenced Statue 17:98, Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>
  
 
===Sales tax election===
 
===Sales tax election===
  
School districts in Louisiana can ask the voters in a ballot proposition to levy an additional sales tax on retail consumption to fund public schools in Louisiana<ref name="sales">[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 29A)</ref>.
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School districts in Louisiana can ask the voters in a ballot proposition to levy an additional sales tax on retail consumption to fund public schools in Louisiana.<ref name="sales">[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 29A)</ref>
  
 
==Conduct of the bond election, limitations, rules==
 
==Conduct of the bond election, limitations, rules==
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===Authority conducting elections===
 
===Authority conducting elections===
  
The respective Parish Board of Elections is responsible for conducting elections involving school bonds and taxes<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81559 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 18-423(B), Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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The respective Parish Board of Elections is responsible for conducting elections involving school bonds and taxes.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81559 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 18-423(B), Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>
  
 
===Election dates===
 
===Election dates===
  
Louisiana mandates that elections involving bonding, taxes, or propositions of any kind must be held on the second to last Saturday in October or the fourth Saturday after the second to last Saturday in October in years beginning in 1983.  Elections for this category are held every four years. Also, elections can be held on the third Saturday in October or the fourth Saturday after the third Saturday in years beginning with 1985.  Elections for this category are held every four years.  Elections can also be held the first Saturday in October or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years or the first Saturday or the Fourth Saturday in April in any year<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81545 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 18:402(F) 1-4, Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>.
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Louisiana mandates that elections involving bonding, taxes, or propositions of any kind must be held on the second to last Saturday in October or the fourth Saturday after the second to last Saturday in October in years beginning in 1983.  Elections for this category are held every four years. Also, elections can be held on the third Saturday in October or the fourth Saturday after the third Saturday in years beginning with 1985.  Elections for this category are held every four years.  Elections can also be held the first Saturday in October or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years or the first Saturday or the Fourth Saturday in April in any year.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81545 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statutes 18:402(F) 1-4, Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>
  
 
===Needed majority===
 
===Needed majority===
  
A simple majority is needed to approve a bond, sales tax, special tax election<ref name="bonds">[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution of 1974](Referenced Section, Article VI, Section 33A)</ref> <ref>[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 32)</ref> <ref name="sales" />.
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A simple majority is needed to approve a bond, sales tax or special tax election.<ref name="bonds">[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution of 1974](Referenced Section, Article VI, Section 33A)</ref> <ref>[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 32)</ref> <ref name="sales" />
  
 
===Special Elections===
 
===Special Elections===
  
Louisiana does not allow special elections for bond or tax elections<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81545 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute  18:402(F), Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>
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Louisiana does not allow special elections for bond or tax elections.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81545 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute  18:402(F), Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>
  
 
===Wording of measures===
 
===Wording of measures===
  
Louisiana requires all summaries before the proposition printed on the ballot to be no more than 400 words and require that all propositions have clear and concise wording<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81298 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute  18:1284(F)1, Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>
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Louisiana requires all summaries before the proposition printed on the ballot to be no more than 400 words and require that all propositions have clear and concise wording.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81298 ''Louisiana Legislature'' "Louisiana Revised Statutes"](Referenced Statute  18:1284(F)1, Louisiana Revised Statutes)</ref>
  
 
==Required notice of bond election==
 
==Required notice of bond election==
  
30 days public notice is required for all bond issues and special tax resolutions in Louisiana<ref>[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 35B)</ref>.
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30 days public notice is required for all bond issues and special tax resolutions in Louisiana. <ref>[http://law.justia.com/louisiana/constitution/Article6.html ''Justia'' "Louisiana Constitution"](Referenced Section, Article VI, 35B)</ref>
  
 
==List of historical bond referendums==
 
==List of historical bond referendums==

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School bond and tax elections in Louisiana happen under one circumstance:

Laws affecting school finance

Louisiana bond issue

The Louisiana Constitution, in Article VI, Section 33A requires all political subdivisions including school districts to place propositions on the ballot for bond issues.[1]

All bonds must have the full faith and credit of the State of Louisiana.[2]

Special school tax

The voters of a Louisiana Parish (County) school district can vote via a referendum for a special tax for capital improvements. This is protected in the Louisiana Constitution in Article VI, Section 32 of the Constitution's 1974 version.

The tax is limited to ten years at a interest rate of eight percent.[3]

Sales tax election

School districts in Louisiana can ask the voters in a ballot proposition to levy an additional sales tax on retail consumption to fund public schools in Louisiana.[4]

Conduct of the bond election, limitations, rules

Authority conducting elections

The respective Parish Board of Elections is responsible for conducting elections involving school bonds and taxes.[5]

Election dates

Louisiana mandates that elections involving bonding, taxes, or propositions of any kind must be held on the second to last Saturday in October or the fourth Saturday after the second to last Saturday in October in years beginning in 1983. Elections for this category are held every four years. Also, elections can be held on the third Saturday in October or the fourth Saturday after the third Saturday in years beginning with 1985. Elections for this category are held every four years. Elections can also be held the first Saturday in October or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years or the first Saturday or the Fourth Saturday in April in any year.[6]

Needed majority

A simple majority is needed to approve a bond, sales tax or special tax election.[1] [7] [4]

Special Elections

Louisiana does not allow special elections for bond or tax elections.[8]

Wording of measures

Louisiana requires all summaries before the proposition printed on the ballot to be no more than 400 words and require that all propositions have clear and concise wording.[9]

Required notice of bond election

30 days public notice is required for all bond issues and special tax resolutions in Louisiana. [10]

List of historical bond referendums

2008

Date District Bond Amount Passed/Failed  % Pass

2007

Date District Bond Amount Passed/Failed  % Pass

2006

2005

2003

2002

2001

2000

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Justia "Louisiana Constitution of 1974(Referenced Section, Article VI, Section 33A)
  2. Justia "Louisiana Constitution"(Referenced Section, Article VI, 33B)
  3. Louisiana Legislature "Louisiana Revised Statutes(Referenced Statue 17:98, Louisiana Revised Statutes)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Justia "Louisiana Constitution"(Referenced Section, Article VI, 29A)
  5. Louisiana Legislature "Louisiana Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statutes 18-423(B), Louisiana Revised Statutes)
  6. Louisiana Legislature "Louisiana Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statutes 18:402(F) 1-4, Louisiana Revised Statutes)
  7. Justia "Louisiana Constitution"(Referenced Section, Article VI, 32)
  8. Louisiana Legislature "Louisiana Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute 18:402(F), Louisiana Revised Statutes)
  9. Louisiana Legislature "Louisiana Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute 18:1284(F)1, Louisiana Revised Statutes)
  10. Justia "Louisiana Constitution"(Referenced Section, Article VI, 35B)