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CATS issues, money on Chamber agenda

3 years 10 months 4 days ago July 23, 2013 Jul 23, 2013 Tuesday, July 23 2013 July 23, 2013 9:29 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - The Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge will discuss issues related to the parish's troubled transit system today.

The lunch meeting pulls together business owners, other chamber members and guests to hear updates on legal challenges and money troubles surrounding the Capital Area Transit System.

The transit system faces a lawsuit challenging the legality of a $180 million property tax passed last year to help fund improvements. The suit claims the tax should be invalidated because it was levied inside the city limits, but CATS serves areas outside of the city.

Metro Council members last week called for the resignation of several CATS board members, saying they failed to deliver on promises to properly use the tax money. One board member, Montrell McCaleb, resigned last week before allegations surfaced that he used CATS money to pay his personal bills. McCaleb has denied any wrongdoing, and an investigation has been opened into the matter.

CATS CEO Robert Mirabito also revealed Monday that more than $100,000 in fares are possibly missing after what he was told was a software error which went unfixed for nearly three years.

News 2 will have more from today's Chamber of Commerce meeting starting at 4 p.m.


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