The Lafayette City Parish council will call a special election. Tuesday they agreed to let voters decide about a millage tax increase. The millage is for city parks and recreation. If approved by voters, the millage will generate $8.5 million. The special election for the millage increase vote will be held April 6, 2013.
Parks and Recreation Tax Proposal (11/15/12)
The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is financially strained. With an 11 million dollar budget, a dedicated tax only raises 2-million annually. Now the recreation commission is proposing a millage increase.
The current millage is 1.92 mills. The increased millage would be 7 mills. Annually, the new millage would generate about 8-point-five million dollars.
Parks and Recreation Director Gerald Boudreaux says the city of Lafayette has 10 recreation centers and 28 parks to support.
Currently, there's not a dedicated tax for parish recreation centers and parks outside of Lafayette. Boudreaux says soon those municipalities may have to fend for themselves.
"As we said earlier we're trying to right size it number one. Currently the general fund is subsidizing parks and recreation on annual basis of about four million dollars a year...there's a gap there in funding. So it would close that gap."
The Lafayette consolidated council will be asked Tuesday to call a special election for April 6. If approved the tax would be levied on all city of Lafayette property subject to taxation.