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Four new crime districts on Dec. 6 ballot

2 years 11 hours 45 minutes ago December 02, 2014 Dec 2, 2014 Tuesday, December 02 2014 December 02, 2014 5:18 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Alexa Vogue

BATON ROUGE - Four neighborhoods in East Baton Rouge Parish will vote on forming a crime district Saturday. It's a way for people to pay for extra security and if approved all residents in the district would be required to pay the fee.

The first crime district was created ten years ago, since then the number has grown to 20.

Only residents who live within the proposed districts will be able to vote on those measures Dec. 6. That includes University Acres, Tara, Villa Del Rey and Goodwood.

If approved, the four neighborhoods would be added to the already existing 15 that require residents pay for the service. So far, no crime district has failed at the polls and about five neighborhoods head to the legislature every year asking for their own district.

It is a neighborhood initiative and the cost varies per district. In University Acres, property taxes will go up by $365 if passed. It's a fee people we spoke to were more than willing to pay out.

"A substantial majority of residents understand that the police protection that's available through the city already is directed at higher crime areas," said William Patrick, University Acres resident. "And if we want to have any security in our own neighborhoods, frankly we'll have to pay our own additional funds."

Neighborhoods built within the last 20 years already have the power to charge this fee, something residents acknowledge before moving in. Some districts offer exemptions from the fee, usually based on age and income.

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