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Bond proposal to go before council within 30 days

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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 10:10 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 10:10 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baton Rouge, bond, Holden, council, Carpenter

BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Chief Administrative Officer John Carpenter told a committee of the Metro Council Wednesday that Mayor Kip Holden hopes to bring his latest bond package to members for approval in the next month.

Carpenter made the announcement when addressing an item by Councilman Chandler Loupe to update the council on the progress of the proposal.

Holden has said the tax initiative would cost around $700 million and would call for infrastructure improvements across the city-parish. This is the mayor's third attempt at such a proposal.

Holden has said he's aiming for an October ballot, but Wednesday, Carpenter said November is an option as well, and there is no solid decision yet.

The Finance and Executive committee also Wednesday favorably sent a plan to the full council to expand the St. George Fire District to areas without fire coverage now.

Members received a report on the effectiveness of the city-parish litter court, as well, and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker called for the removal of the Department of Transportation's ramp meters on I-12 in his district.

The full council meets next Wednesday.

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