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Lafayette Parks and Recreation Tax

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A tax to help pay for Lafayette Parks and Recreation is back on the city-parish council's agenda Tuesday. The council will be asked to cancel an approved special election scheduled for April.  Parks and recreation was banking on $8 million from the tax - if voters approved it.

For LCG President Joey Durel the decision to abandon the idea of a tax increase for Parks and Recreation is a clear answer.  He admits that the department needs more money.  However, Durel says local government should to take a step back and evaluate where it's going. "We know fire and police need funding to keep up with the growth of our community."

Durel says he would like to see a Blue Ribbon panel of community members assembled.  The panel would take a look at the budgetary needs of all departments - future and present. "I know for me as a citizen I would rather know what we have in the future.  What's in-store for me as far as taxes and what the needs are for this community.  I want to know it in a way that I believe it," says Durel.

Councilman Jay Castille voted for the recreation tax to be placed on the ballot in April.  Since that November vote; Castille has had a change of mind. "After thinking about it and some more consideration. I think now is the time to sit down and take a comprehensive look at the tax structure and prioritize."

Castiille wants to see what he calls the bigger package. "Do we need all the taxes we are collecting?  Can we cut back on some?  Do we need to increase on some?," adds Castille.

Rene Allen

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