Two Industrial Tax Exemption Program applications from ExxonMobil are among the items to be introduced at this afternoon’s Metro Council meeting.
The applications are for a proposed $2.9 million expansion of the company’s polyolefins plant and another for a $64 million expansion of its ExxonMobil refinery. A frequent critic of ITEP, Together Baton Rouge released a flyer Monday urging the Metro Council, the East Baton Rouge School Board and the sheriff’s department—all of which must approve the proposals—to deny the requests. Once introduced, a public hearing and vote on the applications will be scheduled for the council’s Jan. 23 meeting.
Also being introduced at this afternoon’s meeting:
- Metro Councilman Lamont Cole’s request to remove Parish Attorney Lea Anne Batson from her job.
- Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s administration’s proposed revision to city-parish law that would give officials the authority to move more quickly to shutdown bars that are delinquent on their taxes.
- The North Baton Rouge Opportunity Zone’s annual report. The zone, approved in 2016, established the North Baton Rouge Economic Development District.
- A proposal to create a committee to reevaluate all millage levels in the parish.
During the meeting, the council is also set to decide whether the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control District will receive $888,000 for its Tire Shredder Program, which has been cut by nearly half an original from $1.6 million.
The Metro Council will meet at 4 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 222 St. Louis St. Read the full agenda.