East Baton Rouge Parish voters renewed a variety of local taxes, including those for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system and the Downtown Development District, while Zachary voters approved a new hotel tax in that city.
For the school system, voters approved three separate property tax renewals totaling 7.75 mills, or about $26.5 million in annual revenue.
They account for 18 percent of what the school system receives in property taxes, and almost 5 percent of all school system revenue each year.
All three school taxes were approved with at least 60 percent of the vote.
The Downtown Development District also received a renewal of its 10-mill property tax with 78 percent of the vote. The tax is typically approved by a large margin, but this is the first year new voters who were included in downtown’s boundaries under the 2012 expansion were able to vote. The expansion doubled the district’s footprint.
In Zachary, voters weighed in on an additional hotel occupancy tax that would generate a source of income for recreation projects.
They approved it 53 percent to 47 percent.
The tax increase could be up to 5 percent of room rates added to a current 4 percent hotel tax in East Baton Rouge Parish. The current total hotel tax, including state taxes, for East Baton Rouge Parish is 12.41 percent.
The new tax is intended to promote tourism in Zachary, particularly for athletic events at the city-owned Zachary Youth Park.