Apr 1, 2013 7:54 PM by Alex Labat

Acadiana Republican Women Question Upcoming Tax Votes

"There pushing them through without anyone really being aware of them", says Donna Pelletier, who takes issue with how certain tax proposals have gotten onto the ballot.

Here's how a tax "usually" gets approved to be on a ballot.

A thirteen member Bond Commission, including Governor Bobby Jindal, must approve the proposals.
The commission's last meeting for the April 6th election was December 20th, and it approved "some" of the tax proposals.

Pelletier says, "We're looking for them to adhere to the deadline and explain it to the citizens of the affected areas. We want to know what's going on and why."

State law says a Subcommittee has the authority to later approve proposals...which happened in a special meeting of the "Ad Hoc Election Subcommittee" in January.
Members approved 20 new tax proposals, and met again in March when they approved 23 more tax proposals for the May 4th election.

Acadiana Republican Women President Donna Pelletier says something's shady about the process.

Pelletier says, "We're taking issue with the fact that they are springing these things on us without discussing them with the public."

She goes on to say voters should have more time to review tax proposals and should vote "no" to send the state a message, "and maybe the powers-that-be will next time do a better job of presenting the information to us so we can go out and make an informed decision."



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