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Controversal tax passes in Morehouse Parish for Beekman School

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BASTROP, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A controversal tax measure has passed in Morehouse Parish.

Voters in Morehouse Parish district 12 are being asked to replace a current tax millage approved in 2012.

The new measure would double the current five mills and extend the tax to the year 2048.

The property tax would generate about $115,000 a year for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining, and equipping public elementary and secondary schools in the district.

Money raised through the tax will be used at Beekman Charter Schools.

At issue is the number of students who attend the school who are not residents of the the tax district.

Tonight, that measure passed 145 to 97.

Beekman Charter School reaches out to more than the kids in it's district.

Children from Bastrop and as far out as Mer Rouge attend the school.

The tax on the ballot will allow Beekman to upgrade it's facilities and allow the school to go away with the use of portable classrooms.

Now while some residents don't mind footing the bill for new facilities their main concern are the children who attend the school from outside of the district.

The controversy centers on parents of students at the school.   Many of those parents will not have to pay the tax. 

The Beekman administration believes it really shouldn't matter because they say every child deserves a chance at a decent education.

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