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Sep 23, 2013 8:54 AM by AP

Property tax for sheriff's office up for renewal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 10-year property tax that accounts for about 30 percent of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office general operating fund is up for renewal in the Oct. 19 election.

The 6.9-mill property tax brings in an estimated $24.7 million in annual revenue. If renewed, the tax would run through 2023.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says the tax was first passed in 1994 at the same rate.

The Advocate reports revenue collected from the tax goes into the general fund for operations, salaries and other expenses related to various programs and initiatives the sheriff's office runs, including school outreach programs and community safety programs.

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