Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden teases details of $350M tax plan _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Mayor Kip Holden delivers his State of the Parish address during a Rotary Club meeting in 2014 at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Mayor-President Kip Holden teased Wednesday details about his $350 million tax plan that he hopes will better public safety in Baton Rouge.

Though news of the tax plan unexpectedly broke last month, this is the first time Holden publicly addressed the May 2 ballot proposition. Speaking to the Baton Rouge rotary club, Holden announced that it would add a new parish prison, a new juvenile facility and a new mental health center.

"This proposal will save taxpayers money, solve our unsafe conditions at the existing prison and take pressure off our emergency rooms ... which have become a revolving door," Holden said.

The Metro Council will vote next week on whether to send the tax measure to voters.

"Our best days are before us," Holden said.