By CHRISSY SMITH
Slidell news bureau
SLIDELL — All three St. Tammany Parish School Board millage propositions were approved for renewal by St. Tammany Parish voters Saturday, along with voters approving the St. Tammany Fire District #1 millage propositions as well.
All of the millage propositions were passed with at least 80 percent of the vote.
Propositions 1, 2, and 3 involved existing property tax millages that will continue to provide key support to public schools in St. Tammany Parish, local funding that directly impacts every student.
St. Tammany Parish School Board Superintendent Trey Folse said it was important for the propositions to pass because it made up 20 percent of the school board’s budget.
Propositions 1 and 2, first passed in 1963, were renewals of millages that have been paid by taxpayers for 49 years. Proposition 3, originally passed by voters in 1983, was the renewal of a millage that has been paid for 29 years.
The Fire Department proposed two millage renewals that last 10 years, with voters passing No. 1 with 80 percent of the vote and 83 percent of the vote for Proposition 2.
The millages for the fire district account for approximately 89 percent of the revenue for their operating budget, Fire Chief Larry Hess said.
The millage approved by the voters was to renew the 35-mills, although the district has been utilizing only 29 to 31 mills in recent years.