Broome champions transportation tax via new website

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s office today rolled out a new website to promote a proposed  5-mill property tax that would fund transportation and traffic control projects throughout the parish.

The Better Transportation and Roads plan website includes details about Broome’s tax proposal, a project map and listing, and a schedule of public meetings on the plan.

“It is important that we provide real-time data and a convenient way for residents to relay comments and suggestions on the BTR plan,” Broome says in a statement. “This website is just one of a number of ways my administration is working to keep the community informed about projects that can positively impact residents and their families.”

Broome unveiled her property tax proposal last month—roughly seven months after East Baton Rouge voters rejected former Mayor Kip Holden’s Green Light II plan.

Her proposal, which will go before voters in November, includes 43 transportation and traffic control projects estimated to cost about $540.4 million, of which $445.5 million of the projects would be paid for with money generated by the dedicated property tax.

The tax proposal would pay for the construction of new public roads, improvements to existing corridors, community enhancements and improving the advanced traffic management center.

Broome’s office says the tax proposal also would free up an existing half-cent sales tax that would be used to repair and improve roads in and around Baton Rouge, Baker, Central, and Zachary.

View the BTR plan site.

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