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Alexandria voters to decide on zoo tax

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Alexandria voters will decide later this week whether they support a property tax to help fund a municipal recreation program and the city-owned Alexandria Zoo.

The six-mill tax, which will be on the May 3 ballot, would provide approximately $2.2 million in annual funding - half of which would fund recreation and half the zoo.

The timing of this tax proposal was chosen because the city recently had a 2.15-mill tax - passed to support a 1996 bond issue for the city's public safety complex - expire.

Mayor Jacques Roy says city officials settled on three mills for recreation to reach $1 million annually. An additional three mills were added to fund the zoo, which relies on yearly fund transfers to meet its budget.

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