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Baker leaders endorse EBR tax proposal

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Posted: Nov 3, 2009 11:27 AM by Kelly Spell
Updated: Nov 3, 2009 11:35 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baker, tax proposal, bond, Mayor Harold Rideau, Mike Knaps, police, fire department, election, November, Alive

The $900 million tax proposal in East Baton Rouge Parish was endorsed Tuesday by Baker Mayor Harold Rideau, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps and the fire department.

The leaders made the announcement at a press conference with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

The tax proposal includes more than $356 million for a new parish prison, police headquarters and other infrastructure improvements.

$178 million would be spent on drainage, $141 million would expand the River Center and add parking garages, and $225 million would go towards the Alive project.

The money would be raised through a half-cent increase in sales tax and a property tax increase.

There's a town hall meeting tonight in Baker for residents to get more information about the proposal. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Baker Municipal Center Auditorium on Groom Road.

Voters will decide the issue Nov. 14.

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