Crime district bill approved

Legislation creating a crime prevention and neighborhood improvement district for Sherwood Forest in Baton Rouge won final legislative passage Thursday.

The state Senate voted 38-0 in favor of House Bill 658, sponsored by state Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge.

The bill would allow the Sherwood Forest Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Improvement District to collect up to $75 per lot annually from property owners.

Before money can be collected, residents would have to approve the fee.

Such districts are becoming common in Louisiana. Neighborhoods use the districts to collect money from property owners for security patrols and upkeep.