Baton Rouge Downtown Development District expands
BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Downtown Development District is twice as large as it used to be before the Legislature changed its boundaries in 2012. But it's been operating off of the same tax base that it had since before the changes.
That could all change, as residents included in the expansion will be asked in October to weigh in on the 10 mill property tax levied to those in the special taxing district.
Before 2012, the Downtown Development District was about 1.15 square miles and included 1,456 registered voters. Today, the downtown district has grown to 2.2 square miles and includes 2,132 registered voters.
The agency is expected to generate an additional $87,000 in property taxes a year from the properties included in the expanded zone.