Title 18. Louisiana Election Code

Chapter 6-a. Bond, Debt, and Tax Elections

 

18:1284   Resolution calling election; proposition

 

A. The election shall be ordered by a resolution of the governing authority of the political subdivision which shall state the purpose for which it is called.

 

B. If the purpose of the election is to authorize the issuance of bonds, the resolution and the proposition submitted to the voters shall state the purpose for which the bonds are to be issued and, if required by the law pursuant to which the bonds are issued, the estimated millage rate to be levied in the first year of issue, the maximum amount of the bonds to be issued, the number of years for which the bonds are to run, and the maximum rate of interest on the bonds.

 

C. If the purpose of the election is to authorize the levy or increase of a special tax, the resolution and the proposition submitted to the voters shall state the rate, object, and purpose for which the tax is to be levied or increased; the estimated amount reasonably expected to be collected from the levy or increase of the tax for one entire year at the time it is proposed; and, if it is to be limited as to duration, the number of years it is to run. If the purpose of the election is to authorize an increase of a tax, the resolution and the proposition shall also state the rate increase. The contents of any proposition or resolution relative to the issuance of general obligation bonds shall be as provided in Subsection B of this Section.

 

D. If the purpose of the election is to authorize the assumption of indebtedness, the resolution and the proposition submitted to the voters shall state the amount and nature of the debt to be assumed.

 

E. In each election ordered by a governing authority of a political subdivision for the purpose of authorizing the issuance of bonds, the proposition on the ballot submitted to the voters shall state the kind and source of revenues which are pledged to retire the bonds.

 

F. (1) The preparation of the proposition to be submitted to the voters at an election shall be the responsibility of the governing authority of the political subdivision ordering the election. The proposition shall include the information required by this Section in simple, unbiased, concise, and easily understood language and be in the form of a question. The proposition shall not exceed two hundred words in length and shall not include words that are struck through, underscored, or in boldface type.

 

(2) The secretary of state shall be responsible for ensuring that the proposition complies with the requirements of this Section.

 

Added by Acts 1977, No. 545, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1978. Amended by Acts 1978, No. 292, § 1, eff. July 6, 1978; Acts 1983, No. 519, § 1, eff. July 8, 1983, Amended by Acts 1993, No. 426, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1994; Acts 2003, No. 1220, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004; Acts 2006, No. 768, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2007; Acts 2008, No. 136, § 1, eff. June 6, 2008; Acts 2010, No. 591, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2011; Acts 2012, No. 138, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2013; Acts 2014, No. 60, § 1, eff. May 16, 2014.