The Metro Council defeated Mayor-President Kip Holden’s $748 million tax and bond issue Wednesday when in a 9-3 vote and without any discussion, the council declined to even allow the proposal to be introduced.
The proposal was to have been introduced before the full council at Wednesday’s meeting. After it was introduced, it would have been sent to the council’s Finance and Executive Committee for a recommendation before it was returned to the full council for a decision on whether it should be placed on the November ballot.
However, in a procedural move and without any discussion, Councilman Scott Wilson made a motion to delete the bond issue before it could be introduced.
With all 12 Metro Council members present at the meeting, council members Tara Wicker, C. Denise Marcelle and Joel Boé voted to support introducing the bond issue.
Council members Trae Welch, Ulysses “Bones” Addison, Chandler Loupe, Wilson, Ronnie Edwards, Donna Collins-Lewis, Mike Walker, Alison Gary and Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois voted to delete the proposal.
Holden, who was at the meeting, said the bond issue for capital improvements and infrastructure in East Baton Rouge Parish is not dead, yet.
The council must approve the bond proposal — which uses a combination of sales and property taxes — by Aug. 10 in order for it to appear on the Nov. 19 ballot.