Existing property taxes could fund animal control - KLFY News 10

Existing property taxes could fund animal control

Lafayette Parish Municipalities may soon be relieved of paying for animal control services. Consolidated President Joey Durel is expected to submit a resolution to the city parish council.

"Those three services will be funded out of that one millage at the same tax rate. No increase in taxes," explained Lafayette Consolidated Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley.

Stanley added Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel and some of the council members expressed an interest to rededicate two millages; allowing the money to help pay for an additional service. Stanley said the two millages are the parish health unit and mosquito control.  Both property tax collections generate more than enough money to sustain the two departments.  Stanley noted that animal control has no tax support.  "It's basically paid for out of the city general fund, the parish general fund and any agreement with the smaller towns for animal control," said Stanley.

Stanly explained the proposal is to take the two millages (public health and mosquito control) and combine them into one.  It will be one millage to help with the parish health unit, mosquito control and animal control. "One of the things it will instantly do is provide capital money out the reserve for the funds to be able to construct an animal welfare shelter. To get out of the issues that we had and the limitations the current shelter provides," said Stanley.

"Right now we are collecting dollars from the general funds of the smaller towns, some of them, for animal control. If this were to pass, that goes away because they would be paying in the form of a millage," added Stanley.

Stanley explained Durel read the public notice about two or three weeks ago. Next, a resolution is to sent to the council to have the voters consider this rededication by placing the proposal on the December 3rd ballot.

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