Posted: Apr 18, 2013 12:00 PM by Ian Auzenne
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.