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Mayor's Plan Would Make City More Accessible To Avoid Federal Suit
June 28, 2006

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA--Just about a month after the Shreveport City Council cut money from a $10 million sales tax windfall, it has learned that it would need to spend up to $4 million to bring all of the city's buildings into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

About a year ago, officials with the U.S. Department of Justice came to Shreveport and inspected more than a dozen city buildings to see if they were accessible to people with disabilities. DOJ then provided the city with several hundred pages of improvements that are needed to keep the federal government from suing the city.

KTBS-TV reported Tuesday that Shreveport Mayor Keith Hightower has offered a proposal to the Justice Department to make the changes over the next three years. The city council must approve the proposed agreement.

Justice officials have been touring cities across the country for the past few years to determine which public facilities are accessible under the 1990 anti-discrimination law, and to provide recommendations for removing barriers to accessibility.

"Agreement would make public buildings more handicapped accessible" (KTBS-TV)


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