Iberia officials discuss failed tax and future - KLFY News 10

Iberia officials discuss failed tax and future

Going into last weekend’s election, New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry made it clear she was opposed to the parish’s proposed half-cent sales tax for road construction and maintenance.

When the votes were counted the measure was overwhelmingly defeated on Saturday; 21 percent for it and 79 percent against it. "I would hope that people would have enough confidence in me to you know to listen to what I have to say and to make a decision based on information that I give them," said Mayor Curry.

Currently there are over 47,000 registered voters in the parish. Unofficial poll numbers show that about 11 percent of those voters took the time to show up and up to half of those voters may have come from inside the city of New Iberia. "There's no way of knowing whether or not I'm the person that had the most influence," said Curry.

Mildred Adams, the parish registrar of voters, said the tax may have been doomed from the start. She says, usually, there are a ton of phone calls coming in—questions about polling locations—this election there were hardly any. Parish councilman David Ditch said he didn't see this tax passing either.

"I think it had to do very little with the road tax and more about transparency and trust in local government," said Ditch.

Ditch said he doesn't plan on proposing another tax and he was against this one from the beginning. "There are infrastructure improvements. I think we just need to take them one by one and address them as they come up. To where we can gain that trust back from the public," said Ditch.
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