Lafayette

Jan 22, 2013 12:33 PM by AP

Lafayette board to appoint school tax committee

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Pat Cooper is asking the school board to appoint a cross section of Lafayette residents to head a committee that will evaluate his recommendation for a $560 million tax proposal.

The Advertiser reports the 30 members of the Community Education Plan Committee - set for an initial vote Wednesday - will evaluate the district's needs and determine whether the tax proposal the best way to fund them.

"Their biggest task is going to be in terms of program suggestions and building suggestions and trying to come to some agreement on what the end result looks like to become the school district we want to be," Cooper said. "Once we come to an agreement on that, their second task is to figure out how much that is going to cost and how do we fund it."

Earlier this month, Cooper proposed putting a measure on the November ballot that would result in about $560 million to fund programs and facilities in the school district. The money would come from a combination of property taxes and sales taxes over several years. The committee will closely analyze that proposed package to see if it needs to be tweaked.

Carroll Baudoin, president of the local group Concerned Citizens for Good Government and a proposed committee member, said he looks forward to participating in the process and continuing his advocacy for public education.

Cooper said he and other district officials made their recommendations based on people who expressed an interest in education and civic involvement, those who had been involved in previous school-related task forces and who represented all areas of Lafayette, even those who have disagreed with administrative decisions in the past.

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