Mayor Holden: Tax plan moving forward

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Posted: Jul 28, 2011 6:29 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jul 28, 2011 6:29 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - One day after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council killed his nearly $800 million bond proposal, Mayor-President Kip Holden said the plan is moving forward but wouldn't elaborate how.

Nine of the 12 Council members voted to kill the proposal before it was to be discussed at a later meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker said today that, based on the history between Mayor Holden and the Council, there will be no compromise.

"You can't compromise with an individual who won't talk to you. And he's made that statement on more than one occasion. He has no desire to talk to the council about this matter," Walker said.

Holden agrees.

"There's no reason to negotiate. It's the same bond issue, and I made that very clear. Unless they have that shared vision, then Baton Rouge as it is right now, in terms of progress, it will be very slow," Holden said.

Walker said he doesn't think the tax plan will have the votes regardless of how the mayor decides to present it or change it.

Mayor Holden has two options to re-introduce the proposal in order to have it on the November ballotl; call a special Metro Council meeting before August 15, or re-introduce it at the Aug. 10 Metro Council meeting.

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