Send a message: Vote NO to the renewal of the AP Center de Santé Publique tax | Pelican Post
Ascension Parish Public Health Center subject to a renewal of the property tax of 2.0 million on the date of the off-cycle elections of December 11, early voting will take place from November 27 to December 4 (excluding Sundays). Among the issues we find puzzling is the fact that nowhere have we been able to find a list for this particular entity (should the voting initiative, published in full below, be referring to “Ascension Parish Health Unit”?). More worrying for any major critic of the government is the practice of scheduling these tax elections on dates when the turnout will not reach double digits.
It is dishonest and anything but transparent. And that’s why this chronic voter will vote against:
The Parish of Ascension, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 32 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, and other constitutional and statutory authorities , will it be permitted to renew the levy and collection of, and enact an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, of a special 2.0 mile ad valorem tax on the valuation dollar on all properties subject to tax within parish limits (the “Tax”) (approximately $ 3,007,000 is reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of tax for the entire year), beginning with the collection of the tax for the year 2022, and each year thereafter, up to and including the year 2031, and said tax (after reasonable payment and the necessary expenses of the collection and administration of the tax), be used to provide funds to the parish to be used for maintain and support the Ascension Parish Public Health Center, including buildings, maintenance expenses and other related health expenses?
Assuming the initiative should have referred to the Ascension Health Unit, the mission statement for this kind-hearted organization reads:
The goal of Ascension Parish Health Unit is to provide health services and promote the welfare of the general public within Ascension Parish. and its surrounding parishes.
The list of services provided:
- Providing WIC Services for Low to Moderate Income Families
- Vaccinations – $ 10.00 per visit
- Family Planning – Provide annual check-ups by appointment only for birth control which includes Pap smears, breast exams, and STD tests
- Sexually transmitted disease screening by appointment only for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV (treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia offered at minimum cost)
- Pregnancy tests – $ 5.00 fee
- Help locate agencies that provide assistance to people in need: Food Stamps / Medicaid
None of this argues for / against the merits of these services, although no one to my personal knowledge has ever used them. Thus, 3 million dollars annually seems a little excessive (especially when said services are extended to “surrounding parishes”). Maybe a general ledger could do the persuasion.
There is no valid reason for omitting the renewal of the November 13 election date (when the turnout was healthier, but still appalling, 10%). If you are fed up with the practice, vote NO and send a clear message to your elected officials.