This holiday season, the notion of equity in East Baton Rouge weighs on my heart.
Some underserved communities throughout the parish have lacked well-maintained routes to school and parks, roads with bike lanes and sidewalks, and crosswalks for decades. In many cases they simply do not have transportation options at all. The same neighborhoods often experience higher rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Fortunately, East Baton Rouge Parish voters soon will have the chance to help these neighborhoods by supporting Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's MoveBR Road Tax on December 8th. The American Heart Association considers the passage of the MoveBR tax as a strategic step in the right direction.
If passed, this 30-year half-cent sales tax would raise around $1 billion for specific road projects listed in the approved plan (including side walks and bike paths) across the parish. There are additional benefits too, such as improved EMS response times. Learn more at www.movebr.net.
I am thankful for the chance to improve these neighborhoods and provide our neighbors with the chance to travel safer and more conveniently. Please consider voting YES to PW Capital Improvements District Referendum on December 8th!