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Alexandria to decide on zoo tax

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Voters in Alexandria will decide on May 3 whether to pass a property tax to fund recreation and the city's zoo.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to put the tax referendum on the ballot. The proposed tax is 6 mills for 20 years, with half of the proceeds going to fund recreation efforts and the other half going to help fund the Alexandria Zoo.

The tax would allow the city to run recreation programming it currently can't afford without major budget changes, expand on the city's capital improvements to parks and other facilities, and reduce the zoo's reliance on annual transfers from other city funds.

Six mills would generate just over $2.2 million, or $1.1 million each annually for recreation and the zoo if the tax passes.

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