BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Together Baton Rouge is working to get more people to the polls to save the public transit system. Leaders of Together Baton Rouge said they know that voter turnout in our area is low but right now they need every community member to do their part.
In a final push before election day Together Baton Rouge is endorsing the CATS Transit Tax Renewal in an effort to get more voters out, leader Edgar Cage said the public system is vital to members of the community.
“It’ll be a tragedy if it doesn’t pass, this will affect those people who some people deem invisible, that you don’t see primarily the service industry, that works in the restaurants, that works in the hotels and nursing homes,” said Cage.
Voters now have the chance to continue funding city buses for the next ten years or they can vote to end it. Senior Pastor Kermit Roberson believes ending the service will affect certain groups of the community.
“Once again, it’s the least, the last, the lost and the marginalized people of our community that are really suffering the most, African Americans, lower-income, white and urban commuters who are trying to get to work, it has an impact,” said Roberson.
Community leaders said this vote is a key factor of economic growth, even if it doesn’t directly affect the people voting for it.
“If you’re an older person and you no longer have children in the school you still pay your property tax so that other children can get their education, it’s the same sort of thing,” said organizer, Rev. Betsy Irvine.
Ten years ago Together Baton Rouge organized to help pass the Transit Tax Renewal then and they are hoping to do it again now.
“It’s so important to our everyday lives, and our quality of life,” said Cage.
The organization plans on doing door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, and text banking to reach more people until election day Saturday, November 13th.