East Baton Rouge voters consider tax renewal propositions

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will decide on November 8 whether to renew a few taxes that benefit the elderly, parks and recreation, and fire protection.

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is asking voters to support a proposition of a 2.25 mills property tax, which translates into an estimated $7.5 million a year, that would continue funding services offered by the organization for 10 more years.

The COA is a popular place for senior citizens to gather, socialize and share meals together. The COA also provides services like meals on wheels, house cleaning, and personal care.

The Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission (BREC) is asking voters to renew half of its operating and maintenance budget which comes from a 3.96 millage.That is approximately $15 million of BREC's budget each year.

The money would not be used to build anything, but it would be used to continue operating its facilities, offer programs and keep parks in tip top shape.

Voters living in the St. George Fire Protection District will consider the renewal of two propositions. The first, at 6 mills, was initially approved back in 1998 and allowed the department to move from a volunteer to a paid fire department.

The second, at 1.5 mills, is a property tax dedicated to paying for fire trucks and equipment. The fire district said both are critical to helping them improve and offer the best fire protection possible.

Homeowners in Concord Estates will vote on a tax that would fund a crime prevention district for the neighborhood.

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