- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Voters will decide April 5 whether to extend for another 10 years the property taxes that fund East Baton Rouge Parish’s parks system.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission unanimously voted in the fall to ask voters to continue paying the 6.2 mills last approved in 2004.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/NmZUju ) the taxes make up about half of the commission’s operating budget and all funding for capital improvements.

The taxes make up about half of BREC’s operating budget and all funding for capital improvements.

Voters will see one proposition that contains two tax renewals: a 4.1 mill tax for capital improvements, operations and maintenance and a 2.1 mill tax that only goes toward operations and maintenance.

Combined, they are expected to generate nearly $23 million for the system.

BREC is winding down its 10-year “Imagine Your Parks” program that spurred new recreational sites and upgrades throughout the parish.

The system recently kicked off a strategic planning process that will guide the growth and maintenance of parks for the next decade.

The BREC funding comes up for renewal every 10 years. For property owners, the taxes equal about $46.50 per year on a home valued at $150,000.

In April 2004, the measure passed with 74 percent of the vote.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com