Mayor-President Kip Holden’s fourth attempt to pass a tax increase to fund parish infrastructure improvements would cause some areas of East Baton Rouge Parish to have among the highest sales tax rates in the state — as well as some of the steepest sales taxes when compared with other major metropolitan areas across the country.
Reacting to his previous failures, Holden stripped down the package to focus on law enforcement — something that voters and even the mayor’s critics have repeatedly said they consider a major priority for the parish.
Here are some sales tax facts:
Current sales tax rate in Baton Rouge, giving BR the 11th-highest sales tax rate nationally for cities larger than 200,000.
Sales tax rate if proposal passes, raising the city’s rank to seventh nationally. This would put BR on par with Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.
Tax rates in Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., the highest listed.
(Numbers from 2012 report by the Tax Foundation.)
Rates in Baker and Central if measure passes
West Baton Rouge rate
Ascension rate (but special assessments in some areas go from 9 to 11 percent)