BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With its Imagine Your Parks campaign, BREC has come a long way in providing the parks, fields and activities East Baton Rouge families want. With the help of taxpayers, they plan on going even further.
"They want trails. They want destination lakes. They want a new transformation of the zoo. They've told us time and again they want quality recreational experiences," said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight.
In 2011, voters agreed to pay a 14.463 millage tax to help fund BREC. That amount was later rolled back and currently sits at 14.2.
However, with the demand for more growing the BREC board decided to cash in the voter's IOU and collect the full amount of the original tax. It was a move that found a lot of support during the board's meeting. However, at least one resident scolded the board after their 6-2 vote approving the move.
"I think y'all need to be concerned that the goose that lays the golden egg only has so many eggs, and you guys and gals are just spending other people's money pretty easily," said CPA Cecil Cavanaugh.
For homeowners, this means that a house worth $175,000 will see an additional $2.45 property taxes a year. For BREC, it means an extra $936,998.
The increase will kick in 2016.