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Parish Transportation director Fred Raiford answers questions during the Metro Council meeting Wednesday.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's administration is planning a stop in each Metro Council district to pitch the mayor's first ballot initiative, a property tax for her Better Transportation and Roads plan.

Details about the tax started emerging late last month out of City Hall and members of the Broome administration have started speaking at community meetings about the proposal. On Friday, the mayor's office announced five meetings dedicated to explaining the tax initiative, and more are expected to come.

They are scheduled as follows:

  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. August 7 at the Bluebonnet Branch Library (Metro Council District 3)
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. August 15 at the Jones Creek Library (Metro Council District 8)
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. August 17 at the Charles Kelly Community Center (Metro Council District 5)
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. August 29 at the Zachary Library (Metro Council District 1)
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. August 31 at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center (Metro Council District 2)

Broome is proposing a 5-mill property tax to pay for road widenings, sidewalk improvements and traffic signal synchronization across the parish. People with $200,000 homes that are homestead exempt would pay around $62.50 annually for it.

The BTR proposal would also rededicate a half-cent sales tax that voters approved under previous Mayor-President Kip Holden's Green Light Plan for road improvements. The half-cent would start going toward street overlay and repair work, along with paying off bonds.

The Metro Council is expected to vote Sept. 13 on whether to place the tax on Nov. 18 ballots.

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