POSTED: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 8:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 5:18pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Tonight cats CEO Brian Marshall is breathing a sigh of relief, and looking forward.
That, after voters in Baton Rouge and baker approved a controversial almost 11 million dollar property tax.
"I think it's the first big step for making Baton Rouge becoming the next great American city," said CATS CEO Brian Marshall.
Marshall says the money generated for the tax.. Which is expected to be in the millions will change the struggling transportation system, and turn it into something people want to use.
"We’re going to continue that good work that we have been doing, but now we've got the resources to do it even better," said Marshall.
Marshall says riders will be able to see the first changes within the next few weeks.
"it gives us an opportunity to make a system that makes sense with frequencies that make sense, it'll also give people an opportunity to have more bus shelters, more benches," he said.
According to the secretary of state's office - the tax passed by an 8% margin in Baton Rouge, and 16% in baker. But it failed in Zachary - 79 % to 21% and Marshall says he doesn't want to lose those riders.
"Now we'll look at it and find out whether the mayor and other people can come up with a way for us to service them, we would hate to cut the out, we know there's valuable areas there," said Marshall.
With the tax approved and cats with a dedicated source of funding, Marshall says it's a huge step at making baton rouge a city many can be proud of.
"how can we be a real city without a real public transit system?" he said.