Voters will decide the fate of CATS, a slew of other taxes on Saturday
Louisiana voters will take to the polls in parishes across the state on Saturday to vote on more than 100 tax proposals and renewals, as well as bond initiatives. But in Baton Rouge, it's a 10-year, 10.6-mill property tax proposal to serve as a dedicated funding source for the struggling Capital Area Transit System that has generated the most headlines and debate. Yard signs for and against the tax have sprung up across the taxing district—which includes incorporated Baton Rouge, Zachary and Baker—and an anti-tax group leading the opposition has also been spreading its message with billboards along the interstate. Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister and Executive Editor JR Ball are both urging voters to reject the tax. Get McCollister's take on it in a recent column here; and read a pair of recent columns by Ball on the tax here and here. The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge—which is among those who are endorsing the tax—has posted a response to one of Ball's columns on its website, which you can read here. Catholic Charities' complete position on the tax can be found here. See the complete list of all the tax proposals on the ballot Saturday throughout Louisiana at the Secretary of State's website here.
Today's poll question: How do you plan to vote on the CATS tax Saturday?
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