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Jan 29, 2013 8:20 AM by Kristen Holloway

Parks and Recreations Property Tax Proposal Might Be Put on Hold

Lafayette council members are trying to put the brakes on a special election which could help fund parks and recreations. We found out why council members are pulling away from their initial proposal. They want to consider other options. Back in November, the council approved an April election for voters to decide on a new property tax which would give the parks and recreation department 6.5 million dollars each year. Tonight the council will vote if they're going to remove the tax proposal from the April 6th ballot.
I would very much agree I'm enjoying this park today with the playground enclosed by a fence, that makes it extremely safe," said Rosemary Welch & Angela Boudreaux.
Both ladies go to Girard Park regularly and with the recent safety upgrades, they would hate to see the park or any park in Lafayette suffer because of funding.
"It's extremely important, its a way for our kids to get out here and enjoy the environment and the warm weather and have a good time playing together," said Rosemary Welch & Angela Boudreaux.
Don Bertrand says he and other councilmen want to consider other funding options instead of asking voters to approve a tax.
"A good proposal but it's certainly raises questions rather or not that type of tax proposal could pass and whether or not it was adequate for what we're trying to do parish wide," said Bertrand.
Whether you live in the city or outside of city limits, Bertrand and other councilmen believe everyone should somehow be responsible for maintaining parks.
"I suspect their will be discussions soon and some proposals put on the table in the near future. I don't think it's going to go away. The need for it is not going away. We're going to have to solve the problem somehow," said Bertrand.
The council meeting will be at Lafayette Consolidated Government Building tonight at 5:30 p.m. If the vote to remove the property tax is approved It'll cancel the special election set for April 6th.

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