Zachary residents meet to discuss CATS tax proposal

Zachary residents meet to discuss CATS tax proposal

POSTED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 11:17pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 11:13am

People in Zachary went to a monthly meeting to learn a little more about a tax proposal for CATS tonight. Opinions are still very mixed on the issue.

Voters decide on the future of the property tax hike on April 21, 2012.

Those in favor of the tax say Baton Rouge and EBR Parish need it to grow, and people in Zachary need a bus to get to work.

People against CATS say there's still lots of questions about whether the services promised like new routes and improved facilities will actually happen.

"Is it as good as it could be? No, but at the same time, are we really going to get what's being touted? I'm not sure," said Metro Councilman, Trae Welsh.

"There are people like that, people don't have an automobile, we need to support that, we need to support our people," said Sharon McKnight, a Zachary Citizen.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish tax assessor, owners of a $100,000 home will pay a little more than a $100 a year. It's about a 30 percent tax increase.

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