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School bond and tax elections in Louisiana

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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]

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  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)