Councilman Conque offers compromise to Robideaux’s proposed library tax transfer

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LAFAYETTE, La. (Claire Taylor/TheAdvertiser)- Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Bruce Conque is proposing an alternative to Mayor-President Joel Robideaux’s plan for using $18 million in public library money on roads and drainage.

In a news release Friday morning, Conque suggested transferring $10 million in library fund balance to the parish’s cash-strapped public works department for roads, bridges and drainage, leaving the library with $16 million in projected reserves.

Robideaux’s proposal would leave the library with an $8 million reserve.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council is expected to consider Robideaux’s plan to call for a May 4 election asking voters parishwide to transfer $18 million of an approximate $26 million library reserve to public works.

The library has about $41 million in reserve, but some of the money is to be used to complete construction on a new library in Scott.

Conque, in the news release, said he met with library system officials and came up with his alternative proposal of transferring $10 million to public works.

“The current library budget of about $12 million is cautious and conservative in its estimates,” he wrote. 

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