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      RS 33:2740.67     

  

§2740.67. Baton Rouge North Economic Development District

            A. Creation. The Baton Rouge North Economic Development District, referred to in this Section as the "district", is hereby created in the parish of East Baton Rouge. The district shall be a political subdivision of the state created for the purpose of developing the area included within the district in order to provide for substantial economic activity and employment opportunities.

            B. Boundaries. The district shall include the area within the following boundaries: beginning at the intersection of North 22nd Street and Florida Boulevard, east along Florida Boulevard to its intersection with North Sherwood Forest Drive, then north along North Sherwood Forest Drive to its intersection with Greenwell Springs Road, then southwest along Greenwell Springs Road to its intersection with Joor Road, then north along Joor Road to its intersection with Mickens Road, then west along Mickens Road to its intersection with Hooper Road, then west along Hooper Road to its intersection with Harding Boulevard, continuing west along Harding Boulevard to its intersection with Veterans Memorial Boulevard, then north along Veterans Memorial Boulevard to its intersection with Rosenwald Road, then west along Rosenwald Road to its intersection with Scenic Highway, then south along Scenic Highway to its intersection with Shada Avenue, then west to the Mississippi River levee, then south along the Mississippi River levee to Choctaw Drive, then east along Choctaw Drive to its intersection with Scenic Highway, then south along Scenic Highway to its intersection with Main Street, then east along Main Street to its intersection with North 22nd Street, then south along North 22nd Street to the point of beginning.

            C. Governance. (1) In order to provide for the orderly planning, development, acquisition, construction, and effectuation of the services, improvements, and facilities to be furnished by the district and to provide for the representation in the affairs of the district of those persons and interests immediately concerned with and affected by the purposes and development of the district, the district shall be managed by a thirteen-member board of commissioners, referred to in this Section as the "board". The board shall be comprised of members as follows:

            (a) One member shall be appointed by the state representative for House District No. 29, one of whom shall be a representative of the business community.

            (b) Two members shall be appointed by the state senator for Senate District No. 15.

            (c) One member with a background in economic development shall be appointed by the mayor-president of the parish of East Baton Rouge.

            (d) One member shall be appointed with a community development background located within the district to be selected by a subcommittee formed by the board.

            (e) One member shall be appointed by the owner of the largest parcel of land located within the district.

            (f) One member shall be appointed by the state representative for House District No. 61.

            (g) One member shall be appointed by the state representative for House District No. 63.

            (h) One member shall be appointed by the state representative for House District No. 67.

            (i) One member shall be appointed by the state representative for House District No. 101.

            (j) One member shall be appointed by the state senator for Senate District No. 14.

            (k) One accountant located within the district to be selected by a subcommittee formed by the board.

            (l) One representative of a civic association located within the district to be selected by a subcommittee formed by the board.

            (2)(a)(i) Members serving pursuant to Subparagraphs (1)(a) through (i) of this Subsection shall serve four-year terms after initial terms as provided by Item (ii) of this Subparagraph.

            (ii) Three members shall serve an initial term of one year; three shall serve two years; three shall serve three years; and two shall serve four years, as determined by lot at the first meeting of the board.

            (b) Members serving pursuant to Subparagraphs (1)(j) and (k) of this Subsection shall serve at the pleasure of the subcommittee formed by the board.

            (3) Board members shall be eligible for reappointment.

            (4) Any vacancy which occurs prior to the expiration of the term for which a member of the board has been appointed shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.

            (5) The board shall elect from its members a chairman, a vice chairman, a secretary-treasurer, and such other officers as it may deem necessary. The duties of the officers shall be fixed by the bylaws adopted by the board.

            (6) The minute books and archives of the district shall be maintained by the secretary of the board. The monies, funds, and accounts of the district shall be in the official custody of the board.

            (7) The board shall adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary or advisable for conducting its business affairs. It shall hold regular meetings as shall be provided in the bylaws and may hold special meetings at such times and places within the district as may be prescribed in the bylaws.

            (8) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The board shall keep minutes of all meetings and shall make them available through the secretary of the board.

            (9) The members of the board shall serve without compensation. The board may reimburse any member for expenses actually incurred in the performance of his duties pursuant to this Section.

            D. Powers and duties. (1) The district, through the board, shall have and exercise all powers of a political subdivision necessary or convenient for the carrying out of its objects and purposes, including but not limited to the following:

            (a) To sue and to be sued.

            (b) To adopt, use, and alter at will a corporate seal.

            (c) To adopt bylaws and rules and regulations.

            (d) To receive by gift, grant, donation, or otherwise any sum of money, property, aid, or assistance from the United States, the state of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, or any person, firm, or corporation.

            (e) To enter into contracts, agreements, or cooperative endeavors with the state and its political subdivisions or political corporations and with any public or private association, corporation, business entity, or individual.

            (f) To appoint officers, agents, and employees, prescribe their duties, and fix their compensation.

            (g) To acquire by purchase, gift, grant, donation, lease, or otherwise such property as may be necessary or desirable for carrying out the objectives and purposes of the board.

            (2) The district shall not be deemed to be an instrumentality of the state for purposes of Article X, Section 1(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana.

            E. District plan. (1) The board shall prepare or cause to be prepared a plan or plans, referred to in this Section as the "plan", specifying the public improvements, facilities, and services proposed to be furnished, constructed, or acquired for the district and shall conduct public hearings, publish notice with respect thereto, and disseminate information as it, in the exercise of its sound discretion, may deem to be appropriate or advisable and in the public interest.

            (2) Any plan may specify and encompass any public services, capital improvements, and facilities which the parish of East Baton Rouge is authorized to undertake, furnish, or provide under the constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, and such specified public services, improvements, and facilities shall be special and in addition to all services, improvements, and facilities which the parish of East Baton Rouge is then furnishing or providing or may then or in the future be obligated to furnish or provide within the district.

            (3) Any plan shall include an estimate of the annual and total cost of acquiring, constructing, or providing the services, improvements, or facilities set forth therein.

            (4) Any monies received by the district shall be used exclusively for the development of the district plan.

            (5) The board shall submit the plan to the governing authority of the parish of East Baton Rouge. The parish governing authority shall review and consider the plan, but the board need not receive approval of the parish governing authority prior to implementing such plan.

            F. Services and improvements. (1) All services to be furnished within the district pursuant to any plan finally and conclusively adopted may be furnished, supplied, and administered by the parish of East Baton Rouge through its regularly constituted departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and instrumentalities. All capital improvements and facilities to be acquired, constructed, or provided within the district may likewise be so acquired, constructed, or provided by the parish of East Baton Rouge through its regularly constituted departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and instrumentalities, it being the intention of this Paragraph to avoid the duplication of administrative and management efforts and expense in the implementation of any plan adopted for the benefit of the district.

            (2) In order to provide services or provide, construct, or acquire capital improvements or facilities, the board may enter into intergovernmental local service contracts with the parish of East Baton Rouge.

            G. Hotel Occupancy Tax. (1) The governing authority of East Baton Rouge Parish may levy and collect a tax upon the paid occupancy of hotel rooms located within the boundaries of the district. The tax shall be two percent of the rent or fee charged for such occupancy. The tax shall be paid by the person who exercises, or is entitled to, occupancy of the hotel room and shall be paid at the time the rent or fee for occupancy is paid. The tax shall be imposed by ordinance adopted by the governing authority of East Baton Rouge Parish, and the ordinance may provide for necessary rules and regulations for imposition, collection, and enforcement of the tax. Should the governing authority take action as authorized in this Paragraph to collect the hotel occupancy tax, the collection shall begin no earlier than September 1, 2016.

            (2) The net proceeds of the tax after deduction of reasonable collection expenses shall be made available to the district for any of the district's lawful purposes and as provided by the ordinance dedicating the proceeds.

            Acts 2007, No. 98, §1, eff. June 22, 2007; Acts 2009, No. 431, §1, eff. July 7, 2009; Acts 2010, No. 729, §1, eff. June 29, 2010; Acts 2015, No. 433, §1; Acts 2016, No. 528, §1, eff. June 17, 2016; Acts 2020, No. 356, §1, eff. June 12, 2020.

            NOTE: See Acts 2015, No. 433, §2, regarding terms of board members.



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