Voters say no to mental health tax
BATON ROUGE – Voters denied a property tax to fund a mental health center in East Baton Rouge.
A 10-year, 1.5-mill property tax would have generated about $6 million to fund a center for people who experience mental health issues. Supporters argued the tax would help fund a program to deal with a mental health crisis in the city-parish.
Those who pushed for the tax believed it would deter many people from being booked into jail on low-level charges when instead they should be admitted into a health facility.
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