In last Tuesday’s Advocate, Belinda Creel Davis said that the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge “will target for defeat any Republicans in elected office who vote to roll forward millages.” That statement is untrue.
The parish Republican Party took a strong position against the roll forward of property taxes because it is a tax increase without a vote of the people.
Regarding Operation Stop the Roll Forward, the parish Republican Party was successful in stopping $2.1 million in new property taxes this year, or $8.4 million over four years.
The Republican Party continues to maintain that rolling forward property taxes without a vote of people is bad public policy. All tax increases should be submitted to the voters for their approval. We intend to propose a state constitutional amendment that will stop the practice of rolling forward property taxes without a vote of the people.
Woody Jenkins, chairman
Republican Party of East Baton Rouge