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Supreme court puts brakes on CATS lawsuit

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Posted: Mar 21, 2014 10:50 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: CATS, tax, court, louisiana, controversy

BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Supreme Court denied to hear arguments dealing with a lawsuit over the CATS property tax.

It means an end to the suit over the controversial tax that voters approved two years ago. Baton Rouge, voters favored the tax by a 54% to 46% margin. The tax was also approved in Baker by 58% to 42% margin. In Zachary, the tax failed with 79% voting "no" and 21% voting "yes" in April 2012. The tax adds $106 per year for each $100,000 in assessed value on properties.

Opponents sued, saying it was illegal but a lower court denied their accusations.

The bus system is set to receive just less than $1 million dollars in taxes that were filed in protest and not given to the bus company.

Next week, CATS is set to announce new routes.
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