- Elliott Stonecipher
Saturday, May 4, 2019 … 10:18 P.M.
Yep, the Caddo Parish School Board “win” of yet another $88 million of taxpayers money was rigged.
The 58% YES / 42% NO result, with turnout of only 7.9%, was the product of vote suppression … except among employees. As was discovered only two days ago, that effort included an unknown number of employees intimidating other employees to vote “Yes.”
The news of those, uh, irregularities in and by CPSB employees went public at the last minute. The Secretary of State will investigate since voter intimidation is illegal.
How little “news” there was of the Caddo election was notable throughout, and right to the end. Even today, one local television station’s website splashed news that polls were open in Bossier first thing this morning, but never mentioned the Caddo election.
When the polls closed, the Caddo election still had never made it to the station’s website.
According to the go-to source, North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP), the CPSB has 9,416 employees … more than enough to pass the tax: “YES” votes totaled 7,037.
The CPSB tax will run a whopping 20 years. If upheld after any possible legal challenges, it poses serious questions about whether or not the true and hidden purpose of the haul is a new school in Southeast Shreveport.
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The Bossier Parish School Board and top staff also tried the CPSB vote suppression playbook with their two property tax millages, but when word of it broke, opposition forces with $150,000 to spend turned up the heat.
Net/net, the misfire by the BPSB and teacher union was epic:
… the 22.94-mill property tax for teacher pay was smashed 26% YES to 74% NO, and the 3.22-mill property tax for technology went down 25% YES to 75% NO.
Perhaps just as important, the BPSB attempted grab turned voters out in relative droves … 34.2%, more than four-times the Caddo turnout of 7.9%.
The BPSB millage total would have been a 40% jump in property taxes, as I detailed in my March 27th article:
The Bossier tax assessor later calculated that the 40% school system tax jump would mean a 24% overall increase in Bossier Parish property taxes … unheard of, and the likely end of the Bossier Parish economic boom.
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