The East Baton Rouge Parish Library launched a campaign to renew an 11.1-mill dedicated tax at an event at Theatre Baton Rouge on Sept. 24.
A 10-year plan following the renewal of the tax was outlined for attendees, who heard a presentation by Library Director Spencer Watts and speakers campaigning for the tax.
The plan, which covers a 10-year tax funding period, includes maintaining the current level of service, resources, programs, collections and technology the library system offers and will allow the library system to meet the needs of residents and the ever-changing advances in technology, according to a news release.
“This is not a new tax but a renewal of the same 11.1-mills, 10-year dedicated tax approved by voters in 1995 and again in 2005,” Watts said. “Sixty-two percent voted ‘yes’ for the tax in 2005, and the EBRPL hopes to obtain that same support in the upcoming election.”
If renewed, the library’s property tax is expected to generate about $44 million in 2016.
This year, the library brought in about $40.7 million in property taxes.
The EBRPL system features 14 branches, including Baker, Central, Pride and Zachary.
Early voting is slated for Oct. 10-17.
A “Frequently Asked Questions” guide regarding the tax renewal can be found on the library’s website at ebrpl.com.