Money may stay on downtown streets, not go to police
Half of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council wants to leave almost a million dollars dedicated to changing the direction of two downtown streets in the project's budget.
A committee of the council talked about removing $900,000 from a construction plan turning St. Louis and St. Ferdinad Streets into two-way roads. Some council members have suggested sending the money to the police department to help fight crime.
Administrators said pulling the money would actually cost more money to redesign the project and put other projects on hold. Members were also told there's no guarantee where the money would end up instead.
The five-member committee voted unanimously to keep the money on construction. The full council will pick up the discussion again at next week's Metro Council meeting.