Lafayette

Nov 16, 2010 11:49 AM by AP

Vote to Start Considering Returning to Separate Government

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette commission exploring possible changes to city-parish government has voted to begin seriously considering a return to separate governing councils for the city and parish.

The Advocate reports the Lafayette Charter Commission voted 8-1 Monday to research two options that might be put before voters as early as February 2012.

One option would dissolve the current City-Parish Council and create separate councils for the city and the parish while maintaining some form of city-parish merger to provide general parishwide services, such as road and drainage work.

The other option would keep the current form of consolidated city-parish government but with changes that have yet to be worked out.

The charter commission was created to address complaints about the 1996 consolidation of the once-separate city and parish governments.

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