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Tax for Audubon Institute at issue in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Voters in New Orleans will decide next Saturday whether to replace two property taxes that have been on the books for decades with one new, 4.2-mill tax that, at current assessment levels, would bring in nearly $12 million annually for the next 50 years.

The Audubon Nature Institute has launched a major campaign for the property tax to pay for its operations and new construction projects for its zoo, aquarium, nature center, parks and other attractions.

Audubon President Ron Forman describes the tax as vital for the growing, quasi-public agency as it competes with attractions in other cities.

Critics say the institute, which charges admission fees at some of its major operations, should not seek more in taxes when some in the city are struggling to get by.

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