Apr 3, 2014 8:58 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
A jury swiftly ended a more than three-year-long legal battle by deciding that voters in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes were not overtaxed to fund the yet-to-be-completed Comite (KOH'-meet)River Diversion Canal.
The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish jury of eight women and four men deliberated for only an hour Wednesday before concluding by an 11-1 vote that the Amite River Basin District was not limited to collecting just $6 million in property taxes for the project.
A 2010 lawsuit, filed by Central property owner Terry Campbell, claimed the district was authorized to collect only $6 million through a 3-mill, 10-year property tax approved by voters in the three parishes in 2000.
The suit later obtained class-action status.