Voters reject St. Tammany casino, bond issues fail in Shreveport

Louisiana’s fall general election resulted in a failed casino relocation and bond issues being decided in Shreveport.

The general election was postponed because of Hurricane Ida. Eight parishes held candidate races and 34 parishes had local tax and bond issues and other ballot propositions.

A casino vote in St. Tammany Parish headlined the ballot.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment needed voter approval to build a $325 million, 120-acre hotel and casino near Slidell. Voters rejected the project by 63% to 37%.

The California-based developer was attempting to relocate its shuttered DiamondJacks casino in Bossier City to Slidell. According to the resolution for Saturday’s vote, the Bossier City facility must be reopened in 60 days for the company to maintain its gaming license.

Four out of five bond issues failed in Shreveport, as 59% of voters approved a $70 million police and fire department funding initiative. Had all five proposals passed, Shreveport taxpayers would have incurred $240 million in new debt.

All general election results can be viewed at the Louisiana secretary of state’s website.

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