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Tax package back on EBR Metro Council agenda

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Posted: Aug 3, 2011 3:09 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 3, 2011 3:09 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden's package of tax increases are back on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council's agenda, after it was flatly rejected at their last meeting.

Scott Dyer, the mayor's spokesperson, told News 2 the plan would be "basically the same", raising $748 million to pay for infrastructure and public safety improvements.

Dyer said the mayor hoped that the recent closure of the North Flannery Road Bridge, which was ruled unsafe for traffic because it had deteriorated so much, showed Council members how much they needed the improvements.

"If they go in and there's still no more support for it... then he tried his best," Dyer said.

The mayor's proposal was removed from a list of items to be introduced at the July 29 meeting. Because it's being submitted as a regular agenda item the Metro Council will have to allow the public and Mayor to comment on it.

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