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Mayor talks about next steps after rec tax passes

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Alexandria residents voted to enact a new recreation tax over the weekend that promises to bring in new programs to the city and help maintain current parks.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford sat down with Mayor Jacques Roy to talk about what's next since the tax passed and when the public could expect to see some developments.

It's an extra boost the city says it needed.

"This was not an alarmist situation," said Mayor Roy. "In other words, if you don't do this, something bad will happen. It was really about, do you want to go to the next level?"

A 6-mill property tax increase over the next 20 years will provide a new source of revenue for the city, helping it to expand its recreation programs and maintain ones it already has.

Now that the tax has passed, Mayor Roy says this summer the public should really start to notice positive changes.

"One of the things we want to make sure and remind folks is that the main part of this is really about the programming and operating side," he said. "Not only what we have, but what we're going to do."

The tax money will finally help create a direct revenue source for the zoo.

"This will finally have a dedicated revenue stream for the zoo for operations and infrastructure upgrades and things the zoo desperately needs," said David Gill, director of public works. "Our main goal is to maintain what we have with the zoo."

The money could also help spruce up local parks in need of a makeover - like Ben Bradford Park and Deborah Bowman Park.

"Here's what we know we need today at every park," said Mayor Roy. "And, what of those things are common to these other plans that we can go out and do?"

The mill increase officially goes into effect later this year.
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