The Evangeline Parish School Board last week declared an emergency so it could put a $28.5 million bond package onto the November ballot for a third time in the last 13 months.

Voters in Ward 1 rejected a tax increase to support the bonds in October 2007 and again in July. Proposals for a tax increase to build or repair schools in the Ville Platte area of the parish have failed nine times since 1983.

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