On April 28, there will be an election in Bastrop. The only items on the ballot are the renewals of three different sales taxes. Please note that there will be no items to vote on out in the parish, as this election is for Bastrop residents only. Again, these sales taxes are RENEWALS, not new taxes.

Two of the taxes end in 2018 and are for a half-cent each. The third sales tax is for 1 cent and it expires in 2019. This tax is simply being placed on the ballot now in order to save approximately $30,000, as that would be the cost to have a special election next year for this one renewal. Each of these three sales tax renewals will be for a period of 10 years.

The dollars collected from each of these sales taxes are designated for the “general fund.” For the tax period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, the amount collected from these three sales taxes was $4,882,000. For the tax period July 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018, the amount collected to date has been $3,152,000.

What services do these taxes pay for? This collected revenue is used for salaries, fire protection, police protection, equipment for police and fire departments, utilities, cemeteries and general maintenance and repairs.

If these three tax renewals are not renewed, the results will be devastating for the city of Bastrop and for those that are recipients of the services the city provides. The city would not be able to properly function if these renewals fail.

Therefore, the Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages all registered voters within the city of Bastrop to go vote YES for all three tax renewals. Once again, these three sales taxes are RENEWALS and have been on the books for many years. If you do not live in Bastrop but have family or friends living here, please encourage them to vote yes on these renewals.

Vote YES on Saturday, April 28. Early voting begins April 14 and ends April 21. #thechambersaid