St. Tammany Parish voters will decide Saturday whether to give another chance to a pair of sales tax renewals for the parish jail and courthouse, the highest-profile items among seven issues on the ballot.
The renewals ran into an anti-tax buzzsaw last year, when 60 percent of voters rejected a quarter-cent sales tax for the jail and 62 percent said no to a quarter cent for the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center.
Parish officials have retooled both taxes, cutting them to 1/5 of a cent each and reducing them from 20 years to 10. That means a smaller revenue stream — $9.5 million each a year instead of $11.3 million.
A portion of the revenue from the Justice Center tax will also be dedicated to specialty courts in the 22nd Judicial District, including a sobriety court, behavioral health court and the newest, a veterans court.