BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The city of Baton Rouge is touting the first 10 years of the Green Light Plan as a success and now, they want to put more money into it.
The project was approved by voters in 2005 increasing the sales tax by a half a cent, with the additional funds going towards road improvements. Now, the city wants to speed up the project with what they're calling Green Light Plan 2.
Voters will get to decide whether or not they want to raise property taxes with a new parish-wide 5-mill property tax for 30 years to fund new roads and improvements for roads like Nicholson Drive, Tiger Bend Road, and Bluebonnet Boulevard.
It would cost taxpayers around $12.50 more a year for a home worth $100,000, and around $62.50 for a home worth $200,000.
Officials are concerned that voters will be hesitant to approve a property tax increase following the recent flooding.
With the new millage proposal, city officials are also asking voters to decide on whether to redirect the current half-cent sales tax toward street rehabilitation and road enhancement projects such as pedestrian and bicycle safety features.
However, the current half-cent sales tax increase will stay whether or not Green Light Plan 2 passes and will not expire until 2030.
The city said road improvements will get done whether or not the measure passes but at a much slower pace.
At the meetings, city officials will answer questions from the public concerning Green Light Plan 2.
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Below is the full list of the meetings:
Tuesday, November 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Council District 11
7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Wednesday, November 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Council District 5
Charles R. Kelly Community Center
3535 Riley Street
Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Council District 10
Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center
950 Washington E. Street
Monday, December 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Council Districts 12 & 3
Bluebonnet Branch Library
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Tuesday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Council Districts 6 & 7
Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center
4000 Gus Young Avenue
Thursday, December 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Council District 2
Scotlandville Branch Library
7373 Scenic Highway