Nov 15, 2012 7:11 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Lafayette Parks and Rec Hoping to Get Out of a Deficit

Lafayette Parks and Recreation is asking Lafayette City-Parish Council to consider putting an "increased property tax" millage on the ballot in a special election. This after the department increased fees for facility rentals and athletic programs last month, all in an effort to erase a deficit. The director of parks and recreation says if this millage passes-- he believes they'll be in the clear. A 1.92 mills property tax is currently devoted to parks and rec. That tax has been in place since the 1960s. Now, 50 years later, parks and recreation wants an increase about five times more to 7 mills.The department would generate about $7 million from it. The tax would be used to maintain existing facilities and for building new facilities or improving older ones.

"We're spending $4 million more than what we're taking in. For us to continue to maintain programs, we're not adding anything new, we need to generate more dollars," said Parks and Rec Director, Gerald Boudreaux.

Lafayette City-Parish council will consider the resolution on Tuesday. If approved, citizens will vote on it in a special election in April.



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