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West Baton Rouge residents rejoice in sales tax increase failure

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago March 30, 2015 Mar 30, 2015 Monday, March 30 2015 March 30, 2015 7:38 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

WEST BATON ROUGE - Voters made sure they cast their vote in Saturday's election to turn down a half cent sales tax increase.

"The taxes were never as high as it is right now," said Wendell Hamilton, a resident in the parish for over four decades.

Hamilton said he voted "no" for the increase, because he does not think it was necessary.

Bob Reid with the Tea Party of Louisiana, a nonprofit group, spoke out against the increase before voters got to the polls.

Reid claims the sale tax failure is a positive thing for the people of West Baton Rouge parish.

"It's a great day for the people of West Baton Rouge parish. Especially for the average working mom and dad," said Reid.

Sheriff Mike Cazes, who proposed the increase, said he understands no one likes to pay taxes, but he has to take a look at the budget and see what cuts can be made.

"Now I will go in there just to see what services I will be able to eliminate that are not life threatening and that put their lives in danger," said Cazes.

But the Sheriff wants to reassure residents of the parish that their safety is first.

"Well the people don't have to worry. I will never turn my back on the people of West Baton Rouge Parish," said Sheriff Cazes.

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