Posted: Sep 16, 2013 7:48 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2013 7:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - A property tax that is up for renewal next month covers almost half the operating budget for the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services comes from a 3.13-mill property tax that is up for renewal Oct. 19.
The 3.13-mill tax is expected to generate more than $11 million per year.
An EMS spokesman said the money is for basic operations, including ambulance purchase, maintenance and repair as well as paying employees' salaries. The spokesman says the tax was first passed by East Baton Rouge Parish voters in 1984 and has been easily renewed every time it has been on the ballot.