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Tax renewal for juvenile detention facility could be on spring ballot

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COVINGTON, LA (WAFB) -

A millage renewal for a juvenile detention facility in St. Tammany Parish could be up for a vote this spring.

A subcommittee for the Louisiana State Bond Commission heard the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center’s request to get a millage put on the spring ballot. They voted unanimously, recommending that the bond commission put it on the ballot.

Back in November, voters elected to halt a millage that funds 85 percent of the $7 million budget for the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. The ballot item would have extended the 3 mills tax for another 10 years, after already being in place for the past two decades. Without that money, the facility will likely have to be shut down.

Louisiana judges warned in December that shutting down the facility could cause long-term problems

The bond commission will vote Thursday at an 8 a.m. meeting on whether to put it on the ballot again. This time, they hope to use the words "continue to levy" as many voters did not realize the first time that it was a continuation of a tax, not a new one.

The Covington-based facility services several local parishes, taking juveniles from Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa and others.

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