Last night, the people of Baton Rouge spoke, and while Mayor Holden touted his billion dollar tax and bond proposal as a vote on the future of Baton Rouge, we believe that the narrow defeat of the mayor's all-or-nothing plan doesn't mean people don't care about the city's future. But now, it's up to the mayor and city leaders to find a different way to move our community forward. There are things we must find a way to do.
Our aging infrastructure needs to be improved. We need better drainage, better roads and bridges. Mayor Holden's recent re-election with more than 70% of the vote shows that the people are confident that he is the right person to lead us into the future. Last night's vote was not a vote against our future or a referendum on the mayor. But rather, it was perhaps a reflection of the uncertain economic times we are facing.Tough times take strong leadership and creative thinking. We urge our city leadership to go back to the drawing board and look for other ways to accomplish those things they believe will truly grow and safeguard our city's future.