A property tax renewal that helps keep the Webster Parish school system and its facilities running passed in Saturday’s election.

This means the 2.82 mill parish-wide property tax will help with construction projects, improvements, maintenance and operations of schools in Webster Parish. Superintendent of schools Dr. Dan Rawls says he’s pleased the tax has been renewed, because it will help the children of the parish.

“We’re extremely happy that the citizens continue to support our school system,” Rawls said. “We know that times are tough, and we have to be good stewards and watch the money – and we do that. Maintenance on property, like everything else, is a necessary condition. It’s something that we have to worry about and take care of. We have to have safe and clean environments for our kids. This tax goes towards that, and to that end, we appreciate all the people that got out and supported it, and we want to thank them.”

The tax will bring in an estimated $729,400 annually and will sunset in 2025.

Unofficial election results show the proposition passed by 4,978 votes, or 64 percent, with 2,852 voting against the proposition, or 36 percent.

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