Alexandria city council proposes recreation programming tax - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Alexandria city council proposes recreation programming tax

Posted: Updated:

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Monday the Alexandria City Council discussed an election for a new tax that would bring youth sports programming to the city. 

The council has passed a resolution that approves an election to authorize a new millage tax to fund parks and recreation activities in the city.

"Alexandria has long has a lot of good green space, a lot of capital structures in place that serve recreation and leisure time needs," said Mayor Jacques Roy. "What we lack is programming."

Youth sports programs like golf, swimming, tennis, and baseball are just a few that would be structured and funded by the city under this tax.

"Know that the child is going to be participating in something worthwhile," Mayor Roy said. "Making sure that the child is not then sitting with a bunch of idle time."

This millage would take the place of a property tax that was funding the public safety complex. The proposal states that it could be the same 2.15 mills, or up to 6 mills. That means property owners would be paying between about $22 and $60 per $100,000 of property per year.

Councilman Harry Silver says, the benefits would be varied, and important.

"It's a way of life," Silver said. "Also would curtail the crime rate we've had, because once people are occupied with things of that nature of an interest, they don't have time to get into trouble."

And any amount approved more than three mills would go to the Alexandria Zoo, relieving some of the pressure on the city's budget for zoo upkeep.

"We all want the same thing," said Jim Smilie, president of the Friends of the Alexandria Zoo. "We want the Alexandria Zoo to be the best that it can be for our community, and that requires dollars. So it's just a matter of finding the best way to fund that."

Mayor Roy says, the final decision will be up to the people of Alexandria.

"The public will give us their wishes at the ballot box as it should be."

The exact millage rate will be determined early next year, with the vote being in April. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Tropical Blog Fri (8/29)

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:38:26 GMT
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
  • Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:36:40 GMT
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
  • UPDATE 8-29-14: Soldier charged, officer named in shooting incident

    UPDATE 8-29-14: Soldier charged, officer named in shooting incident

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:21:37 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- State Police have charged Mitchel Bethin following an officer-involved shooting involving an Alexandria Police officer.
    More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- State Police have charged Mitchel Bethin following an officer-involved shooting involving an Alexandria Police officer.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.