In 2013, Shreveporters ended up having to cough up, or beggar from surely other more pressing uses, a buck a person more because the Mayor Cedric Glover Administration was caught napping and he and the City Council want to increase chances of no revenue haircuts by the citizenry. In October, 2012 it was determined that the city was about to lose its tax collection authority for a quarter cent of sales tax, scheduled to expire after six years at the end of 2012. Because notification is required four weeks prior to the beginning of early voting in the case of a primary election, this made the City Council having to pass a resolution to approve of this occur within that period, meaning it could not be offered up without special state approval until the next scheduled election, termed the “general,” Dec. 8, 2012 where the deadline had to be 46 days out.
Glover said he had never heard of Shreveport trying to renew these in the year of their expiration. But Caddo Assessor Charles Henington said a number of other entities in the parish do precisely that. There’s no cost savings to be gained by waiting; even if a special election had been called for then, only part of the costs would be defrayed. Why have two elections for propositions all expiring at the end of the year?
So that's on the voters. Inattentive behavior and trying to grease the skids for government to collect the people's resources will continue so long as not only having these large majorities for vacuuming this money, but with barely one in 25 registered voters even showing any concern. Let's hope at least elections for those put into office making these timing and tactical decisions draw enough interest so that things like this are repeated less often.