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Ascension eyes tax for recreation upgrades

2 years 10 months 4 weeks ago November 25, 2013 Nov 25, 2013 Monday, November 25 2013 November 25, 2013 6:37 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

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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