Councilman Echols speaks out against Downtown tax

Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
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Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 9:24 AM CDT
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A Monroe City Council member is speaking out against a proposed property tax for Downtown Monroe.

Councilman Michael Echols says this is a tax plan he just can't get on board with.

On Tuesday, June 12th the board introduced a potential proposal for a 3 million dollar city-wide property tax.

It would last for 20 years starting next year, bringing with it street lights, sidewalks, and more.

Councilman Echols says if the city is going to spend the money on improvements they should be city wide and not just downtown.

"It goes out and reaches throughout the entire community and places all the benefit in one segment of town, so that's a concern," says Echols. "Another concern is continuing to increase our property taxes before we work on things like flood mitigation and other things city-wide, it's just a priority issue."

The tax resolution is expected to go before the council next month.