Two Lafayette parish-wide property taxes will be placed on the November 6th ballot. Lafayette City-Parish council members voted this Tuesday to put them on the ballot. The tax proposals would cover expenses for the district courts and the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
Council members in favor of the proposed taxes say they’re needed to pay for unfunded state mandates that are putting a strain on the parish’s general fund.
District 4 council member, Kenneth Boudreaux said during Tuesday’s meeting, “What this government has done on the parish side, is dip into the reserve in the spirit of not doing anything, and now the reserve is gone so that is just not an option for this government anymore.”
Some residents pushed back on the approval of the resolutions, saying it would put a strain one group, in particular… Homeowners.
Council members Kenneth Boudreaux, Jay Castille, Bruce Conque and Kevin Naquin proposed the resolutions; they only needed five votes to pass, which is exactly what happened. Four council members voted against the resolutions.
For more information on how much these proposed taxes would affect homeowners, you can go here. Our partners at The Advertiser broke it down for those who own a home in each of the municipalities and in unincorporated areas.