Mayor Pro Tem Walker believes EBR residents won't pass tax to fund CATS

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 4:05pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 5:14pm

The debate over how to pay to keep the Capital Area Transportation System running continues tonight.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker says the tax, which would raise more than $18 million for CATS, is too much for a system he says doesn't have enough riders right now.

He also believes people in Baton Rouge will vote down the tax when it's on the ballot in April.

Mayor Kip Holden says all Walker is doing by opposing the measure is setting himself up to run for mayor in the fall.

"I'm firmly convinced he's running for mayor,” stated the current mayor. “So if I say the sky is blue, he's going to say yellow. If I say something is red, he'll says it's another color."

Walker disagrees, "I'm a councilman that represents the people of East Baton Rouge Parish, and I believe that the people of East Baton Rouge Parish feel the same way I do."

Voters will decide on the tax to help fund CATS during a special election in April.

Mike walker told NBC33 today that he's not ready to announce whether or not he's running for mayor.

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