St. Tammany Parish Sheriff-Elect Smith: Voters Sent A Message

COVINGTON, LA – St. Tammany Parish Sheriff-elect Randy Smith said the decision by voters not to renew the parish's quarter-cent sales tax for jail funding will require him to adjust the agency's budget and re-tool the proposal for consideration.

         The tax, first approved in 1998, failed Saturday, April 9, 2016, with the support of only 40 percent of the voters. It generates about $11 million each year for operations and maintenance of the Parish Jail.

         "Nobody likes taxes, but we also know some of them are essential," Smith said. "Maintaining St. Tammany's low crime rate requires a reliable funding source for corrections, so we'll have to do some hard work once I take office to adjust the budget in the short term and seek renewed funding in another form in 2017.”

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