Possible tax for Tara to become a crime district

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Posted: Jun 6, 2014 6:14 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Jun 6, 2014 6:14 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: tax, tara, crime district, increase, vote, november

BATON ROUGE - Residents of the Tara subdivision have a possible tax hike in their future.

Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation to give more security to people in the Tara subdivision, making it a crime district. The money from the $100 tax will go toward increased patrols and other safety measures.

Residents have mixed feelings on the tax increase. Some say the low crime rate does not merit a higher tax or higher neighborhood association dues. Others argue the association is struggling to keep the neighborhood safe, and the tax will take some of that burden.

"We believe, at this point, with the increased security that we need or want, that taking it off the responsibility of the association and being able just to do it as a simple tax would be much easier," said Martha Roussel, a Tara resident.

There are now 19 crime districts in Baton Rouge. The date for residents to vote on this tax is not set yet. If all of the paperwork gets turned in and approved by July 23, it may be on the November ballot.

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