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Voters say no to mental health tax

10 months 1 week 8 hours ago Saturday, December 10 2016 Dec 10, 2016 December 10, 2016 10:45 PM December 10, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

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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