LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Livingston Parish voters rejected a new tax that, if passed, would have increased pay for public school teachers and employees within the parish on Saturday, March 25.

The proposition was a one-cent, 20-year sales tax to fund a 10% pay raise for teachers and staff in the parish. Estimates said it could bring in $24 million annually, which would let the school system give its employees a minimum of $2,500 annual increase.

It was shut down with 9,523 votes for ‘No’ and 8,176 votes for ‘Yes’ in complete but unofficial results.