Rayne recreation tax renewal on Saturday ballot

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Two Drainage Districts also have proposals

Voters in Rayne will be going to the polls Saturday to cast their ballots on a tax renewal proposition to support the city’s recreation department.

Mayor Roland Boudreaux said the 5-mill property tax generates about $149,900 annually for the recreation department, “which serves more than 1,000 children each year.

“Right now our registration fees are $20,” Boudreaux said. “Without this revenue, our fees are going to have to go to about $40 or $50 per child.”

Early voting on the proposition ended Saturday, Oct. 12, with only 14 “in-person” votes cast in the Rayne election, according to officials at the parish Registrar of Voter’s Office.

Mail-in ballots are accepted at the registrar’s office through today.

Two other regional elections also are on tap Saturday — both dealing with drainage districts. None of the voting precincts will impact activities at the International Rice Festival.

In-person early voting in those two districts added only seven to the total at the registrar’s office.

Officials with the Second Ward Gravity Drainage District No. 2 are asking voters to approve renewal of an 8.89 mill property tax, expected to generate $82,800 annually for drainage projects in that area of north Acadia Parish.

In the Bayou Plaquemine and Wikoff area, the Drainage Board is asking renewal of a 5.12 mill property tax for drainage projects there.

That tax is expected to generate about $99,840 annually for the District.

Polls in those three voting area will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Saturday.