EBR Parish Voters Approve Hotel Room Sales Tax

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A new sales tax will be charged those staying at most hotels in East Baton Rouge Parish.

By a new two-to-one margin, voters on Saturday gave a thumbs-up to a proposed two-percent sales tax, funds from which will help offset the costs of tourism initiatives and improvements to River Center.

“The passing of this proposition will start the process of improving the Parish’s main facility for Entertainment and Enrichment for all our citizens and visitors. We are excited to begin the work to bring the Raising Cane’s River Center up to the current standards that we all want to enjoy. The passage of this proposition is a victory for tourism, jobs, and ultimately for our local economy,” said Michael Day, general manager of Raising Cane’s River Center.

It was just a year ago that voters rejected a similar tax.

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