Apr 18, 2013 1:00 PM by Ian Auzenne

New Iberia Council Places Tax Items on October Ballot

The New Iberia City Council voted Tuesday night to place two tax propositions on the October ballot. Residents will vote on a half-cent sales tax that would generate nearly $3.4 million to help pay for law enforcement in the city. Councilwoman Natalie Lopez-Robin says that the city's law enforcement contract with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is taking a huge portion of the city's general fund. She says if this tax does not pass, New Iberia could face a $2 million dollar budget deficit next year. Mayor Hilda Curry adds that this money would go to fund a police department in the event the contract with the Sheriff's Office is not renewed or otherwise canceled.

The second tax proposition is a renewal of a 10.43 mill property tax. According to Mayor Curry, these funds will pay for bonds and other debt the city has incurred.



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