DALLAS — A majority of the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council backs a plan to study the parish’s law enforcement needs and seek voter approval if a tax hike is needed to finance improvements.

The council last week refused to consider Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden’s proposed $748 million capital improvement program that included $298 million of public safety capital improvements. The plan called for tax hikes to support $716 million of general obligation bonds for the effort.

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