POSTED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 1:05am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 6:23pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) After protests, and a very heated debate involving Mayor President Kip Holden and Metro Council Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker, construction for a brand new $19 million downtown library is a go. At Wednesday night's budget meeting, tensions were high. Protesters lined up outside of City Hall with signs saying the new library would be a waste of taxpayer dollars. At a public hearing held moments prior to the council's vote, a number of concerned citizens took their turn at the podium, only allotted 2 two minutes to speak, and gave their opinions on how they felt Council members should vote. Councilman "Smokey" Bourgeois made a motion to delete the library funds from the budget entirely. But, the motion failed after receiving only seven of the eight votes needed to pass. The failure automatically approved the brand new construction.
The Metro Council also voted to take away $300,000 allocated to promoters of the 2011 Bayou Country Super Fest, and instead use the money to fund Juvenile Services ($50,000), Juvenile Detention Centers ($100,000), and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers ($150,000) in Baton Rouge.