Ascension eyes tax for recreation upgrades
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council plans to ask voters to rededicate a portion of the 5-mill East Ascension drainage tax toward major recreation improvements.
While details are still being developed, the proposed 10-year, 3-mill recreation tax would fund new park and ball field upgrades, new spray grounds, jogging trails and other capital improvements.
The tax, which would generate $2.5 million annually, would also use Lamar-Dixon Expo Center's undeveloped land for a major recreational complex with a variety of sports fields, a natatorium and an outdoor amphitheater.
The re-dedication concept comes in the face of strong voter opposition to new additional taxes for critical infrastructure and public safety.
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