New Iberia City Council rejects sales tax - KLFY News 10

New Iberia City Council rejects sales tax

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Residents of New Iberia will not be voting on a new half-cent sales tax, following a vote from the city council on Tuesday.

Virtually no members of the council were in support of the measure that would dedicate tax money towards Public Safety, Public Works and Parks and Recreation.

Some members of the council were arguing over the sales tax measure for over an hour, but in the end there was only one vote for Mayor Hilda Curry's proposal and Mayor Pro Tem Dan Doerle's proposal never even made it to a vote.

Doerle was unable to get his half-cent sales tax proposal on the city council agenda because he did not advertise it to the public and it was written out in too many words.

"I'm trying to help the people of New Iberia. I'm trying to help the City of New Iberia. But, if you can't get something on the agenda to talk about it, how do you do it?" says Doerle.  

Part of Doerle's tax proposal was to eliminate the Parks and Recreation mileage for property owners. Without putting that on the agenda ahead of time, the council couldn't vote on his proposal.

But, Doerle says Mayor Curry would not add his tax proposal to fund Public Works and Parks and Recreation to the agenda. He says he was unable to work with the city's lawyer, Trey Haik, before the meeting to also make sure his proposal met the 200 word requirement.

"I just sent a proposal to be on the meeting, on the agenda or to meet with someone that could help me. The guy from Baton Rouge [Trey Haik] works for the mayor; not for me. So, he came in and said I couldn't do it, because there was too many words. I had too many words to put something on the proposition," says Doerle.

Meanwhile, Mayor Curry's half-cent sales tax proposal was shot down by the council.

"Well, we'll just have to continue to live within our means and it may mean more cuts. I certainly don't plan to cut any more employees' positions," says Mayor Curry.

Mayor Curry says the city has a revenue problem, not a spending problem. She says she was looking to buy a new street sweeper and invest in roads, among other initiatives to improve the city.

"It's unfortunate, but you know the council voted and I have to abide by their wishes," says Mayor Curry.

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