Proposition: Downtown Development District – 10 Mills Renewal – MC – 5 Yrs.
Shall the Metropolitan Council of the Parish of East Baton Rouge and City of Baton Rouge, acting as governing authority of the Downtown Development District of the City of Baton Rouge, be authorized to renew the levy and collection of a ten (10) mills ad valorem tax on all property subject to taxation within the boundaries of the Downtown Development District of the City of Baton Rouge (the “Tax”) (an estimated $630,000 is reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), for a period of five (5) years, beginning with the tax collection for the year 2022, and annually thereafter to and including the year 2026, and shall the proceeds of said Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary expenses of collecting and administering the Tax, if any), be used entirely and exclusively for the planning, development, management, operation and improvement of the facilities, public improvements and services of the Downtown Development District of the City of Baton Rouge?
The Downtown Development District is a special tax district that collects taxes for a defined area to be used for a specific purpose. This proposition is only on your ballot if you live in the defined area of the district. The Downtown Development District has a website where it lists projects funded by the special tax. https://downtownbatonrouge.org/
The Downtown Development District is renewed for an additional 5 years, from 2022-2026. This tax affects all property subject to taxation within the district and will collect an estimated $630,000 per year from the entire district. This money will be spent on planning and improvements to the facilities and services within the district.
The Downtown Development District is not renewed. Funding from this tax’s service charge is no longer available for the area’s planning and improvements.