Metro council kills Holden's bond proposal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor-President Kip Holden's $748 million bond proposal failed to pass the East Baton Rouge Metro Council Wednesday evening after an 8-2 vote by the council. This is the third time Holden's bond package has failed.

Holden acknowledges this means it will not go to the voters in November. Had it passed, the measure would have created a new parish prison, juvenile detention center and law enforcement complex. It also called for millions in improvement to infrastructure across the parish.

Voting against sending Holden's proposal to voters were council members; Trae Welch; Scott Wilson; Ronnie Edwards; Mike Walker; Alison Gary; Ulysses "Bones" Addison; Donna Collins-Lewis; and Rodney "Smokie" Bourgeois.

Councilwomen Denise Marcelle and Tara Wicker cast the two votes in favor of sending the tax and bond plan to voters in November. Council members Chandler Loupe and Joel Boé were out of town for tonight's meeting and did not vote.

Holden told 9 News he is not ready to say whether he will present another bond proposal during his term.

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