Residents vote yes to crime fees

Two neighborhoods pass annual tax

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 3:32pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB)--Two Baton Rouge neighborhoods voted in favor of beefing up patrols in their area and residents agreed to foot the bill.

Voters in the Shenandoah and Westminster Pine Park crime districts agreed Tuesday to pay an annual crime fee. The money will go toward increasing off-duty patrols and beautification projects in the neighborhoods.

In Shenandoah, folks will pay $50 a year. In Pine Park, residents approved it for $100.

"The way crime has gone lately, I think anything a neighborhood civic association can do to help protect their neighborhood's a good thing," says Dawnette Shelton with the Pine Park Civic Association.

Both fees will go into effect starting next year. The bill is added to homeowners' property tax.

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