May 5, 2014 7:42 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Mayor of New Iberia offers recommendation on funding parish road improvements

After a sales tax was voted down in Iberia Parish, one of its vocal critics offered her own recommendation moving forward.

The half cent sales tax for road and bridge repairs was overwhelmingly defeated in Saturday's election, 79 percent to 21 percent.
Voter turnout was just above 10 percent, with 5,000 people voting.

Mayor Hilda Curry said she's pleased for the city of New Iberia that the vote did not pass.

Curry said her opposition to the tax boiled down to how the parish was planning to spend the money.

The parish was estimating the half cent sales tax to bring in about $7.1 million over 10 years, with $3.7 million coming from residents in New Iberia.
However, Curry said the parish wasn't going to spend all of that money on road improvements in the city, and were proposing to spend $2.96 million dollars in New Iberia.

"My recommendation would have been to propose a tax in the unincorporated areas of the city to repair bridges and so forth. All of the bridges we have in our city within the city limits are state bridges. So, I think the city is capable of taking care of it's own infrastructure. And if there's a need for additional funding, the citizens of New Iberia will be approached by the city to determine whether or not they would like to move forward or not with additional funding for the city," said Mayor of New Iberia Hilda Curry.




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