Before you cast your vote on April 21, take some time to inform your conscience based on careful analysis of the facts and data. Below are links to materials developed by Catholic Charities as well as links to other sites, both in support and against the tax. Also, find out how much your taxes will increase if the tax passes.
Catholic Charities Transit Reform resources:
NEW: Late this afternoon, Catholic Charities obtained a budget from CATS showing the expenses of the projected $30M budget if the tax passes. Click here to see the expenses and Catholic Charities comparative analysis of the annual changes.
NEW: Click here to read Catholic Charities' response to "CATS claws at poor," J.R. Ball's column in Baton Rouge Business Report.
Click here to see "Why us? Why now?" power point by Catholic Charities Executive Director David Aguillard presented at a moderated discussion on April 18.
Catholic Charities second position paper "Why us? Why now? can be found here.
The agency's original statement on Transit Reform can be found here.
to see David Aguillard discussion on transit reform on Catholic Charities TV show Faith in Action.
Find out what the tax would cost you:
East Baton Rouge Parish Tax Assessor
--To calculate how much the tax would cost you, visit the East Baton Rouge Parish Assessor's website and find your property's "Total Value" before the Homestead Exemption. Multiply that amount by .0106. For example, a home with a market value of $150,000 has an "assessed" Total Value of $15,000. $15,000 X .0106 = $159 per year added to your tax bill for CATS.
to find out if your property is within the city limits of Baton Rouge, Baker or Zachary. Only property located within the city limits will be taxed in this proposal.
to read the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops statement "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship."