EBR Metro Council fails to approve reallocation funds for drainage project

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council failed to approve a $5 million allocation of funds for a new drainage project. The proposal failed 4-7.

If passed it would reallocate money from the library systems and mosquito control.

Dwight Hudson said he chose these two agencies because their budget is doing well.

“Yes, libraries are important and that’s why under the plan we were going to continue to fund them as one of the best-funded library systems in the country. But at the end of the day, the voters are demanding. they want to see this parish address drainage and currently, unfortunately, there is no plan to do that,” Hudson said.

According to President of the East Baton Rouge Library Board Jason Jacob, he said if the proposal passed he would have cut 50 to 60 positions and reduce library hours.

“I am relieved,” Jacob said. “I believe this measure was kind of thrust upon the library system somewhat last minute.”

Councilmember Shauna Banks was opposed to the proposal. She said she is seeking other solutions to help fix drainage issues.

“Taking their money when the citizens have said 10 years, is just not the way to go. I don’t know why anyone would think that we are on a path of solving drainage issues and still building in flood zones,” Banks said.

If passed, the drainage department would receive $5 million and the tax would last until 2031.

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