BREC requests to collect full amount of millage originally approved by voters

BREC plans to request increase in millage originally approved by voters

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The system that operates and maintains the parish parks plans to ask its board for more of your money.

BREC officials plan to make that request at a meeting in May, and the money would come from an increase in millage currently paid by property owners in East Baton Rouge Parish.

In 2012, after an assessment and due to state law, millage rolled back from 14.463 to 14.038. Last year, a part of the millage increased and now BREC would like to see them continue to increase back to the original amount approved by voters.

In a nutshell, BREC officials would gain an additional $936,998 in revenue and you would go back to paying the original amount. For a house valued at $175,000, the homeowner would pay an additional $2.45.

"10 years ago voters went into a partnership with us, they took a chance and helped us kind of catch up on the construction and renovations we needed to do," said Cheryl Michelet, BREC Spokesperson. "We've made a lot of progress in making a system that is truly one of the best in the country, but we are not finished. We were not able to get to everything we needed to do, and this will help us build on that progress and not lose ground."

Lynn Hadley doesn't mind paying a bit more. She takes her grandkids to the skate park every chance she gets.

"You know it's just a relaxing place to come," Hadley said. "They like the facility it's always clean, it's always neat. It's just a fun place to come.

"I lived in Lafayette for 30 years and we didn't have facilities like this, at least, maybe I didn't have grandkids then so I didn't know - but yes, I think they have spent their money really well on these BREC parks."

Local conservatives groups are not happy that the tax change only has to be approved by an appointed commission and would like to see voters decide.

Before voting, BREC commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss the issue on May 28 at the BREC Administration building at 6201 Florida Blvd.

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