More on the EBR Tax

Chatter continues on the East Baton Rouge Tax defeat last Saturday. Looks like we’re not the only folks who were offended by Monday’s story in The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.

Letter: Reader-Vote was not racial issue

I’ve never sent a letter to the editor in my life, but when I read Monday mornings headline “Report indicates racial disparity” in reference to the defeat of the bond issue, I was disgusted.

This was not a racial issue at all and to report it as such misses the point.

I guess since vote totals are quickly and easily available by precinct combined with an obsession to paint every election as a racial battle, you couldn’t help yourself; but this is a disservice to everyone.

If it was worth the effort to research the numbers, I’ll wager anything that the results would show precincts most likely to pay the bulk of the increased property taxes brought the bond issue to defeat, not race. It’s so obvious, but the reporting before and after the vote leaves out this appropriate angle: “All parties that will directly benefit financially from the bond issue or won’t have to pay much support it, while all of those who will have to pay for it are against it.”

Albert Pellissier
real estate manager
Baton Rouge

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2 Responses to “More on the EBR Tax”

  1. Wascator Says:

    why don’t we the producers just give it all to the government and end the struggle (Atlas Shrugged)? then no one will have anything to eat, and we’ll all be equal.

  2. Walter Abbott Says:

    I assume you got your tax statement in the mail this week? I think I’ll do a story on how the taxes are broken down.

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