The one-mil property was approved 56.4 percent to 43.5 percent in Saturday’s voting.
Last fall, voters rejected renewal of the tax, and officials speculated many of those saying no thought it was new tax.
This time around, council members and parish officials took every opportunity to note the proposition was merely replacing the tax that dropped off the roll with last fall’s no vote.
This year, the parish could used funds carried over from previous years and cuts to the district court and district attorney budgets to keep the jail going.
Jail funding is the council’s responsibility under the law, not the sheriff’s.
In other election results Saturday:
Evangeline voters approved renewal of a 5.21 mill tax for the parish library system. The tax will be on the books for anotehr 15 years.
In Mamou. a one percent sales tax was levied by a 76 percent to 24 percent vote.
In St. Landry, tax renewals were approved in Gravity Drainage Dist. 1, Fire Protection Dist. 3 and Public Works Commission Dist. 6.
A state House seat was won by Gueydan Mayor Bob Hensgens. He used an 2 to 1 margin in Cameron Parish to win over fellow Republican Linda Hardee by about 300 votes.
He fills the seat vacated by Jonathan Perry’s election to the Senate. The term expires in December.
Tangiopahoa voters rejected all four court-ordered tax proposals to fund school improvements as part of a desegregation settlement.
What happens next will be up to U.S. Dist. Judge Ivan Lemelle.