Proposed tax for mental health care topic for Dec. 3 Press Club

District Attorney Hillar Moore, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Police Chief Murphy Paul, Bridge Center Board Chair Kathy Kliebert and Coroner Beau Clark will speak Monday, Dec. 3, to the Baton Rouge Press Club about a tax to build and operate a mental health center in Baton Rouge. The public safety and healthcare leaders say that the property tax, which will appear on Dec. 8 ballots for Baton Rouge voters, could create a cost-savings tradeoff by keeping those who have mental illnesses and no other place to go out of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Press Club meets on Mondays at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, which is located at 102 France St., in the East and West Baton Rouge Room. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.