Office of the Mayor-President

For release: IMMEDIATELY

Release Date: 08/10/2017

More Public Informational Meetings Scheduled for BTR Plan before November 2017 Ballot

BATON ROUGE, La. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome continues a series of public meetings next week to provide information and gather public input about the new Better Transportation and Roads (BTR) Plan.

On July 26, an introduction of a tax proposition was announced for a parish-wide 5-mill property tax over 30 years to fund an estimated $445 million in regional area improvements that include constructing new public roads, improving existing corridors with increased mobility, constructing community enhancement road projects and improving the advanced traffic management center.

The proposed BTR Plan property tax would also free up the existing half-cent sales tax exclusively for repair and improvement of existing roads in and around the cities of Baton Rouge, Baker, Central, and Zachary.

The public meetings will outline details about the proposed BTR Plan and funding requirements to launch the program. Meetings will feature one-on-one discussions and feedback between the public and staff. Following the public meetings scheduled, the Metro Council will decide if a resolution to rededicate the existing cent sales tax and for a new property millage tax will be added to the ballot in the Nov. 18 election when voters will make the final decision.

Below are confirmed meetings in each council district. More dates will be added to ensure all council districts are represented. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 17
Council District 5
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Charles Kelly Community Center
3535 Riley St, Baton Rouge, LA 70805

Monday, August 21
Council Districts 8 & 9
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Jones Creek Library, Adjoining Rooms 1-3
6222 Jones Creek Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Tuesday, August 29
Council District 1
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Zachary Library
1900 Church St, Zachary, LA 70791

Thursday, August 31
Council District 2
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Jewel J Newman Community Center
2013 Central Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Tuesday, September 5
Council District 12
6:00-7:30 p.m.
St. Aloysius Parish Hall
2025 Stuart Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Thursday, September 7
Council District 6
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Broadmoor Methodist Church
Adult Educational Center Room #101
10230 Mollylea Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70815