B.R. Growth Coalition endorses CATS tax
The Baton Rouge Growth Coalition is throwing its support behind the 10.6-mill property tax on the April 21 ballot that would serve as a dedicated funding source for the Capital Area Transit System. "We stand with other business leaders in our community in support of a dedicated funding source for public transportation in Baton Rouge," says BRGC Executive Director Scott Bardwell in a prepared statement. "We believe the collaborative process led by the Blue Ribbon Commission on EBR Transit has generated a workable and sustainable model for offering services to our community that are critical to long-term economic vitality." Together Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber are also endorsing the tax, while the Metro Council took up the issue at a recent meeting but ultimately deleted an agenda item to support the tax after council members voiced varying opinions on the tax. Baton Rouge-based political action committee Taxbusters has led opposition to the tax. Check out the current Business Report cover story here to read more about the proposed CATS tax and how dedicated taxes in East Baton Rouge Parish compare to those in other U.S. cities.
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