We are fortunate enough to live in a city that is faring much better than most towns of similar size. We have a lot going for us. We are a capital city with two great universities and a healthy job market. Business Week magazine recently named Baton Rouge as one of the best cities in the country to ride out the recession. Now, the mayor says you have an opportunity to vote on the future of our city. Next week, Baton Rouge voters will cast ballots on Mayor Holden's nearly one billion dollar bond issue.
Proponents say it will cost the average homeowner $8.25 a month for the next 30 years. The mayor says it will create thousands of new jobs, replace deteriorated infrastructure, and provide new facilities for the police and fire departments. The centerpiece, and perhaps most controversial part of the project, will be the $247 million dedicated to Audubon Alive. Audubon Nature Institute president and CEO Ron Forman calls it the next major museum in the United States.Opponents of the mayor's plan say it lumps too many projects together and question whether taxpayer dollars should be involved with projects like Audubon Alive. We encourage you to study the issue and make your own decision. We applaud the mayor for looking for ways to grow and safeguard our future. It's up to you to decide if it's the right plan at the right time. Please vote Nov. 4th.