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BODI WHITE’S SENATE BILL 205 – REMOVES BREC FROM CENTRAL

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Senator Bode White has proposed Senate Bill 205 into the regular session of legislature. The proposed law creates three separate recreation districts in East Baton Rouge Parish. It takes Central, St. George and Zachary out of the BREC park system.
What does this mean for Central and our park and recreation system? What does this mean for Central and our taxes? Nobody knows and nobody can give straight definitive answers to those questions.
There are way more unknowns than knows at this point and the Bill has already been filed. At this stage, we should be able to get answers to any questions asked. For example: What is the revenue BREC receives each year from our property taxes? How much is spent in the City of Central by BREC? Why isn’t Baker included in this bill? The City of Baker is not included in this Bill, yet Zachary, Centra,l and St. George are, why is that?
The announcement of this bill came to the surprise of Mayor Barrow, Mayor Weston Broome, City of Central Council, City of Central School District.

Excerpt from SB205:
Proposed law creates three separate recreation districts in East Baton Rouge Parish from a portion of the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC).
Present law provides that BREC’s authority shall extend to the whole parish.
Proposed law excepts the area within the boundaries of the Zachary Recreation District, Central Recreation District, and St. George Recreation District from BREC’s authority.
Please take the time to contact your Senators and let them know what Central thinks about the proposed bill.

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