Jefferson Parish President John Young says he's confident the water and sewer millage renewals that were rejected by voters in May will pass on October 19.
Young tells 99.5FM parish officials have spoken to about 49 business and civic groups about the renewals and several local newspapers and the government watchdog group, Bureau of Governmental Research, have endorsed them.
But the main reason for Young's confidence is that the Crescent City Connection toll renewal is not on the ballot. Young says the unpopular measure, overwhelmingly rejected by voters in May, helped to defeat the parish's millage renewals.
"There was a high turnout, 80% vote against the tolls, and I think that had an effect on the other items on the ballot, including the water and sewerage millage renewal," Young said.
A low voter turnout of 10-11% is projected for the October 19 elections. Young says the numbers are disappointing but not surprising.