Baton Rouge neighborhoods consider paying for extra security
BATON ROUGE - Two neighborhoods in East Baton Rouge Parish will soon decide whether to tax their property owners to pay for additional police protection.
Residents in north Baton Rouge's Forest Heights Park and Southern Heights neighborhoods will vote Saturday on the proposed fee that would cost property owners between $100 and $150 each year for the next 10 years.
Both fees would go toward increased neighborhood security, beautification and other improvements.
Neighborhoods independently contract with off-duty police officers.
Critics of crime districts say it amounts to double taxation because parish residents already pay a variety of taxes that fund law enforcement. They also say security is a basic necessity and not something that should be purchased by those best able to afford it.