Council votes tax package down again
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted tonight not to send Mayor-President Kip Holden's tax proposal package on to East Baton Rouge Parish voters this October.
The vote was 9-1 not to put the measure on the ballot. Two members of the Council were absent.
Earlier, Holden had the chance to make his case for the package of bonds and tax increases, which would have raised $748 million over 18 years to pay for public safety, infrastructure and other projects in the parish.
At their last meeting Council members voted not to even introduce the measure, preventing any public comment on it. Holden in turn placed the item on the regular agenda for tonight's meeting, which allowed public comment and debate.
News 2's Kristy Davis will have more on the decision tonight at 10 p.m.