Council on Aging tax on Ascension ballot this weekend

Saturday is an election day in several Louisiana parishes---and in Ascension, the Council on Aging will be keeping watch on the results.

Hot food, activities and time with friends---- all things seniors can enjoy at the Ascension Parish Council on Aging, but a 1.5 mill tax renewal is needed to keep those activities available for the parish's 2000 seniors.

"The millage is very important to our Council on Aging as it is 83% of our current operating budget," said Darlene Schexnayder, executive director of the Ascension Parish Council on Aging.

Schexnayder says when the tax was first introduced to voters ten years ago, it had great community backing and passed without a problem. She says she is not so sure it will be that easy this time around.

"We've had a lot of new people move into our area, and some have been opposed to taxes in the past in the areas where they came from. So we're always concerned," said Schexnayder.

And seniors who use Council on Aging services everyday realize the importance of renewing this tax.

"With the funding we have already, we were able to accommodate the different activities for everyone. Without the telling where it's going to end up," said John C. LeBlanc, a senior who uses Council on Aging services.

"You do have a Maw-maw or a Paw-paw or a nanny or a great aunt, like I am, who would benefit from these programs," said Hazel B. Fowler, another senior.

Polls are open Saturday from 7 a. m.  Until 8 p. m. Click here to see what other items will be on your ballot this weekend.

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