Calcasieu Parish voters on Tuesday elected Sulphur resident Stuart Moss as the new state representative for District 33, according to complete, but unofficial results from Louisiana Secretary of State.
Moss, a Republican, defeated Democrats Les Farnum and Teri Johnson to take over the open seat. Former state Rep. Mike Danahay was elected mayor of Sulphur in March.
Moss, a former Sulphur City Council member, received 6,795 votes, or 54 percent. Farnum, a Calcasieu Parish police juror for District 15, received 4,883 votes, or 39 percent. Johnson, president of the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers, received 912 votes, or 7 percent.
Calcasieu voters easily renewed two parishwide property taxes that help pay for maintaining the parish Courthouse Complex and Correctional Center, along with parish’s 12 libraries.
The 10-year, 3.27-mill courthouse and jail maintenance tax received 33,597 “yes” votes, or 57 percent, and 24,999 “no” votes, or 43 percent. The rate is the same as when voters last renewed it in 2010.
The tax, in place since 1987, raises about $7 million annually. State law requires parish government to provide criminal justice facilities like a jail and courthouse, along with office space for the sheriff, tax assessor, registrar of voters, district attorney and clerk of court.
Costs covered by the tax also include feeding prisoners and providing them with medical care, equipment, utilities, custodial services and supplies.
The tax will cost $24.53 per year for residents with homes valued at $150,000. It would cost $40.88 per year for homes valued at $200,000.
The 2010 renewal passed with a vote of 63 percent to 37 percent.
A 10-year, 5.99-mill library tax renewal received 37,614 yes votes, or 64 percent, and 21,142 no votes, or 36 percent. The tax, which remains unchanged, is expected to bring in around $12.8 million a year.
The property tax accounts for 96 percent of the parish Library System’s funding.
Residents with homes valued at $150,000 will pay $44.93 a year, or $3.74 a month. Property assessed at $250,000 would pay $104.83 a year, or $8.74 a month.