The East Baton Rouge Parish ballot for the Nov. 21 election includes a measure dealing with the parish’s plan of government. Meanwhile, voters in five nearby parishes will decide whether to renew a property tax for juvenile justice. Here are our positions on these issues.
East Baton Rouge Plan of Government: Yes
A modest bit of housekeeping, a proposed change in the Plan of Government distributes to the cities of Baton Rouge, Zachary, Baker and Central according to population the proceeds of a 3 mill general property tax. The document was last changed in 1964 and since then Central has become a city; currently, the section refers to three cities in the parish.
We urge citizens to approve the change.
Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center: Yes.
Voters in five parishes will vote on renewal of a property tax that funds operations of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
The 3-mill property tax for 10 years provides the bulk of the operating money for the juvenile center that serves Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.
By banding together, the parishes have demonstrated leadership in providing an alternative to housing troubled adolescents in adult jails. At $9.5 million a year, it’s a good investment in public safety.
The tax was first approved 10 years ago. We urge voters to back the renewal.