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Oct 9, 2012 7:50 AM by AP/CS

Mosquito control tax renewal on Nov. 6 ballot

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 1.23 mill property tax to support a public agency that handles mosquito control in East Baton Route Parish is on the ballot for renewal in the Nov. 6 election.

The tax millage for East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control would cost the owner of a $100,000 home that qualifies for homestead exemption $3.08, while someone with a home valued at $200,000 would pay $15.38.

Although authorized to collect up to 1.23 mills, MARC Director Todd Walker tells The Advocate the agency currently collects only 1.15 mills of that tax and its governing board voted to set the tax rate at 1.12 mills for 2013.

The tax at the 1.23 mill rate would raise approximately $4.9 million a year for the next 10 years.

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