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Baton Rouge Tax Renewal: Time To VOTE!

Baton Rouge Tax Renewal: Time To VOTE!

On April 28th there will be an opportunity for you – the taxpayers of East Baton Rouge Parish – to voice your opinion in a crucial election.  There have been many conversations leading up to this vote and people all over the city seemed to be split on several issues as it relates to this plan.
On your ballot, you will find 3 propositions. Take a minute to read through each proposition, so that YOU can make an informed decision.
 

  1. Proposition 1 deals specifically with school facilities and technology. In this proposition, several schools are up for renovations and even the construction of new buildings. As proposed there is a list of named projects and those projects will receive priority if the tax is approved. The projects will happen in phases and some of those phases will not occur until 10 years from now. Alumni at McKinley High, for example, wanted McKinley to receive a complete rebuild, with this proposed plan McKinley will only receive “major renovation” and not a complete rebuild. The complete listing of projects can be found HERE.
  2. Proposition 2 deals specifically with alternative schooling, discipline, and truancy. This proposition makes up only 8 percent of the entire funding for the renewal. This proposition is slated to improve the educational environment for students in East Baton Rouge. The opposition to this proposition is concerned with the small percentage of funding allocated to a very important matter within our schools.
  3. Proposition 3 deals with teacher compensation. This proposition will sustain teacher pay.

 
SUMMARY: RENEWAL OF A 0.41% SALES AND USE TAX FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE PROCEEDS TO BE EXPENDED WITHIN THE DISTRICT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INCREASING COMPENSATION OF TEACHERS AND OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH? To assist the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board (the “Board”) in increasing compensation of teachers and other school system employees in the East Baton Rouge Parish Educational Facilities Improvement District, Louisiana (the “District”), as set forth in and subject to “A Plan to Improve Facilities/Technology, Discipline and Compensation in the East Baton Rouge School System” approved by the Board as revised on February 22, 2018, shall the District be authorized to continue to levy and collect a tax of forty-one hundredths of one percent (0.41%) (the “Tax”) (an estimated $35,300,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the District (excepting food and prescription drugs), for a period of ten (10) years from the Tax’s effective date of April 1, 2019, with Tax proceeds (after paying costs of collection and administration) to be dedicated for the above purposes?
 
Remember – your vote is YOUR power. Don’t know where to go?
Visit Sos.la.gov to find your polling place. Please share this information with a friend or two and Get Up and Vote on Saturday, April 28th. Sos.la.gov
 
Be sure to follow and like SLCE for more information on how we can work together to ensure all kids in Louisiana have access to an equitable education.
 
Tramelle Howard
South Louisiana Coalition for Education

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