"I'm certainly glad common sense has finally prevailed," says a Lafayette Resident. The Lafayette City-Parish Council vote was unanimous Tuesday. The resolution to cancel the April Special Election was approved.
On the April ballot was an increased tax that would have generated about $8 million for the Department of Parks and Recreation. The vote was well received by the attending public. "14 parishes are having elections in April and I believe this is the only one being cancelled. Thank you and God bless," says a resident.
Councilman Brandon Shelvin says he would like to see a dedicated sales tax for departments in need of more funds. "For public safety and parks and recreation. A dedicated sales tax that is going to go specifically to those departments," says Shelvin.
Another final decision made by the council followed a private meeting, executive session. The council agreed to partially settle the waste transfer facilities lawsuit. The council was unable to comment. "When it's all over and done with it I'll give you everything you want. How's that?" explains Kenneth Boudreaux.
Two years ago, LCG was hit with that lawsuit - after the council revoked a building permit for a company that started building its business. LCG President Joey Durel says the partial settlement is a step in the right direction. "We are still in the process of a litigation. I just cannot talk about it a whole lot," says Durel.