Metro Council will vote on library tax
BATON ROUGE- The library board in Baton Rouge approved asking voters to renew a tax that would keep libraries open. The Metro Council will make the final decision during their Wednesday meeting.
Many Metro Council members publicly suggested the library take a cut, claiming money is needed in other places in the city. But library organizers say they need the money to maintain what they've built. The money would also help them provide extra services to Baton Rouge residents.
The library board wants to return property tax levels to where they were when voters approved the tax 10 years ago. The tax would cost homeowners an additional $1 to $5 depending on the value of their house.
The board rolled back the how much they collected, but now they want to return to the full amount. If the tax is approved, it would raise an additional $1.2 million a year for the library.
The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Metro Council chambers of City Hall. If the Metro Council approves the increase, voters will decide on the tax in October.