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Mayor's tax plan goes back to Metro Council

4 years ago August 09, 2011 Aug 9, 2011 Tuesday, August 09 2011 Tuesday, August 09, 2011 4:27:17 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

BATON ROUGE- People in East Baton Rouge Parish may never get the chance to vote on Mayor-President Kip Holden's $748 million tax plan. Tomorrow night Metro Council could vote to keep it off the ballot in November.

The Metro Council voted 9-3 to keep the proposal off the agenda during a meeting two weeks ago.

It will take seven votes for the council to put the three-part bond on the ballot. With two council members out of town, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker expects the plan to die again.

"We haven't heard anything to make us want to change yet and I don't think we will," Walker said.

Members of the community, Mayor Holden and the Metro Council will have the opportunity to discuss the plan at the meeting tomorrow night.

"I think it should be up to the voters is they want to spend their tax monies in that way. It could offer some good infrastructure improvements," Hans Gurtner said.

"I think a lot of people have an interest in the things the bond proposal would provide and it should be the people who make the decision on that," Ed Tyler said.

The current tax plan includes $350 million for public safety, $366 million for infrastructure and $32 million for economic development. The way it stands, Walker says for his vote to change he needs leader, other than Mayor Holden, to support it. 

"Unless the sheriff or the district attorney and others involved, law enforcement people in particular, come to me and say look we have put it together the way we know it needs to be for the future of our grandchildren, then I'm going to continue to vote the same and vote to delete it so we can start over and make something workable for the future," Walker said. 

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