Holden unveils bond proposal

Mayor-President Kip Holden will ask voters to approve a $748.5 million capital improvements bond proposal this fall, marking his third attempt to pass the tax package.

The proposal is about $150 million less than the one voters rejected in fall 2009.

This November, pending approval from the Metro Council, voters will see the package broken up into three different components:

Public safety ? $350.5 from a quarter-cent sales tax and a 2.15 mill-property tax.

Infrastructure improvements ? $366.1 from a sales tax of quarter-cent sales tax and a 0.75 mill property tax.

Economic Development and Recreation ? $31.9 from a quarter-cent sales tax and a 0.25 mill property tax. No bonds will be issued for this component and these taxes will cease within five years.

In 2009, voters were asked to approve a 9.9 mill property tax and a half-cent sales tax to finance the $901 million bond package.

If all elements of the new package are approved, taxpayers will pay an additional three-fourths of a cent sales tax and 3.15 mill property tax.

The proposal revealed last week mirrors Holden?s past attempts which included a new parish prison complex, juvenile services facility, public safety complex, traffic signal synchronization and drainage improvements.

The proposal also calls for $52 million to retrofit the downtown city hall building which is 40 years old.

New to this proposal is an additional $80,000,000 for bridge replacement and repairs.

As he?s said before, Holden left out the unpopular Alive Riverfront Development project.

The Metro Council has until August 10 to approve the proposal for it to be presented to voters on the November ballot.

Police investigate Monday beating, fire

Police are investigating the Monday morning beating of a married couple, reportedly by their son, and a fire at their home, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department news release.

The attack of the couple, ages 64 and 66, took place at their home at 12340 Parkciel Ave., between Coursey Boulevard and Jefferson Highway, before 3 a.m., the release says.

While police were at the hospital investigating the beating, other officers responded to their home where a fire was reported, the release says.

Baton Rouge firefighters responded and put out the blaze, the release says.

The couple had non-life threatening injuries, the release says.

Fire department officials said the blaze is under investigation.

Anyone with information about the beating and fire is asked to call police at (225) 389-3844 or Crimestoppers at (225) 344-STOP.

School board members could draw salary

The Central School Board, for the first time since they took office in 2007, is set to start paying itself like other school boards.

Until now, board members have foregone a salary. But Board President James Gardner said the board is prepared to start drawing one. He notes that early on, the system had uncertain finances, but now enjoys annual growth and a financial cushion.

A proposed resolution the board is considering would pay each member $800 per month, and $900 per month for the president, the legal limit set by the Legislature and what most Louisiana school districts pay their members.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday at Kristenwood Catering and Reception Hall, 14025 Greenwell Springs Road.

Report: Harper fan of BR bat

Baton Rouge-based Marucci Sports has another major league fan in phenom Bryce Harper.

Harper is described in http://www.si.com as raving to U.S. team coach Rick Sweet ?about how hard the wood is in his Marucci bat.?

Harper, of the Washington Nationals, was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.

Harper, 18, has been described by Sports Illustrated as ?baseball?s Lebron James.?

Another hot day with rain possible

There will be partly cloudy skies Monday with isolated showers and thunderstorms, WBRZ meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says in the station?s daily weather blog.

A few storms could have gusty winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning strikes. High temperatures will be in the mid 90s and the heat index will be around 105 degrees to 110 degrees.

Any storms will dissipate in the evening.

Monday night will be very warm and muggy with lows in the upper 70s.