BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Metro Council members are again trying to reallocate property taxes to improve flood protection. This time a special election will be held asking voters to approve the reallocation of over $5 million already meant for the library system and mosquito and rodent control.
People said they need full transparency on what redirecting that money will do to the library system.
Director of City-Parish Libraries Spencer Watts said the effect of this would mean a loss of 50-65 positions and a cutback on library hours.
“That’s enough to man an original regional branch and half a community branch, that’s a lot of staffing to lose,” said Watts.
Chairman of Mosquito and Rodent Control Roderick Wells said while there may be long-term problems, there is also concern that this reallocation will not be enough.
“If I allow you to come in and take money once, you’ll probably come back to take some more,” said Wells.
Both agencies say they understand the need for better flood protection, but they have worked hard to save the money they have for current and future plans.
The Metro Council will vote on the proposal on July 28, if passed the deciding vote will go to taxpayers in November.