BOSSIER CITY, La. - There's a sharp divide over an upcoming vote on taxes for Bossier Parish Schools.
That election is May 4th.
Two propositions are on the ballot.
The first, 22.94 mills for teacher and staff salaries.
And, proposition two. asks for 3.22 mills for technology upgrades.
A group of businesses are encouraging voters to say no to both with an ad blitz on TV and radio.
19 businesses and people put their money together.
They came up with $152,500 to spend on the ads.
The group is called Building A Better Bossier PAC.
The largest contribution to the PAC is a $50,000 loan from J&R Juneau LLC.
Other contributions came from ICEE Distributors, LLC, and The Fortis Company, LLC.
Both gave $25,000.
Fortis is a real-estate and construction company based in Shreveport.
Bossier Crossroads, INC. gave $10,000 to the campaign.
Any donations under $200 don't have to be reported.
The PAC shared this video to its Facebook page about an hour ago.
The group also plans to mail flyers.
We reached out to Jerry Juneau, the committee chairman, to find out more about Building a Better Bossier.
He sent this statement, "Many Bossier families and businesses are concerned about the Proposition 1 and 2 tax increases. We started this organization to give those concerns a voice and to give the public the facts they need before they vote on May 4th."
Here’s the full list of contributors:
- Bayou Outdoor Supercenter - $1,000
- Beasley-Keith Insurance Agency, INC. - $2,500
- Blue Eyed Enterprise, LLC - $2,000
- Bossier Crossroads INC. - $10,000
- Bossier Mobile Homes, INC. - $7,500
- Hydraulic Exchange, LLC - $500
- ICEE Distributors, LLC - $25,000
- Raymond J Lasseigne - $500
- W A Lucky, III - $5,000
- M&O Investments, INC. - $5,000
- Oil & Ale, LLC - $1,000
- Oliphint Investments - $5,000
- Ralph Whitley Builders, LLC - $3,000
- Max A Sharp - $5,000
- The Fortis Company, LLC - $25,000
- Thrifty Liquor Holding Account - $2,500
- TMR Exploration, INC. - $500
- Toups Family, LLC. - $1,500
- J & R Juneau LLC - $50,000
Red River United represents teachers in Bossier Parish.
Jackie Lansdale, the President of Red River United sent KTBS this statement, "This millage is a huge opportunity to invest in the future of our entire community and it’s disappointing that a few wealthy corporations are trying to stand in the way of our children’s future, but that won’t stop us from fighting for Bossier’s students. The fact is, the Bossier voters haven't invested in education in over a decade, actually defeating the pay and technology propositions in 2012. We continue to fall further behind. We wish that such a drastic millage wasn’t necessary, but it is. We have let this problem fester for too long and if we don’t take action we will no longer have competitive schools. Every year more and more teachers move to the higher paying school districts that surround Bossier or leave the profession entirely. We began this year with over 200 vacant positions. If we can’t manage to come together and pass this pay raise and finally fund public education, then we're afraid the Bossier community is in for some hard times ahead."