Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY!
On Saturday, March 25th Livingston Parish voters will have the opportunity to pass a one-cent sales tax that will fund a 10% pay raise for Livingston Parish School Board employees. This would be the first sales tax dedicated to raises in Livingston since 1987.
In a survey of Livingston Parish School District employees conducted by the Livingston Federation of Teachers, over 80% of respondents said they support the proposed sales tax. This overwhelming majority pointed towards the need for raises. Livingston Parish teachers are underpaid compared to surrounding parishes and there hasn’t been a new sales tax dedicated to employee raises in thirty-six years. Teachers and school employees have had to wrestle with increased cost of living and inflation without increased compensation, which has caused many teachers to leave Livingston for higher paying districts or to pursue an alternate profession.
Nearly 90% of employees surveyed indicated that they plan to vote in this election. Tomorrow is your chance to stand with your colleagues and vote for your raise.
The Livingston Federation of Teachers and School Employees stands with the majority of employees surveyed who said that they support this one-cent sales tax measure.
Groceries, gasoline, and prescription drugs will be exempt from the tax. Superintendent Murphy announced that he plans to donate his portion of the raise to charity.