The City of Central is about to get a bigger cut of tax dollars collected by the East Baton Rouge Parish government.
Parish voters approved the change, 64 to 36 percent, in the Plan of Government which will redistribute property tax dollars collected from the industrial areas of the parish making up the petrochemical plants like Exxon Mobil and Georgia Pacific.
For years, the taxes collected from the industrial corridor were divided among the cities of Baton Rouge, Baker and Zachary.
When the city of Central incorporated in 2005, no changes were made to give the new municipality its share of the tax dollars.
In 2014, the area generated $ 1,512,362 from the 3.44-mill property tax. Baton Rouge received almost 89 percent, which amounted to roughly $1.3 million. Baker received 5.4 percent at $81,341, and Zachary received 5.8 percent at $87,575.
The addition of Central shrinks the other three cities’ allocations. Baton Rouge will receive $126,539 less, based on the most recent property tax rolls. Baker and Zachary will both receive about $8,000 less.