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Tax rededication for drainage on Ballot for November

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A tax rededication will be on the Novembers ballot for Lafayette Parish Voters.

If passed, an additional $2.5 million per year will be added to the drainage millage. It would also put a lump sum of $9 million in the millage for work to start immediately. 

After Wednesday's rainfall, some voters are still trying to figure out if the tax is worth passing. Many question whether the drainage work will actually be done.

Robert Montgomery, whose home flooded in the August 2016, says he just wants answers. 

"So we are kind of wondering what has changed over the past couple of years, and what has mostly changed is development. We all want development, you don't want a stagnant city. You want big companies moving in, you have to have proper drainage, we don't and people are suffering," Montgomery said. 

Possible causes aside, most agree something needs to be done about the persistent flooding after heavy rains.

If the tax passes, Mayor - President Joel Robideaux says that Lafayette Consolidated Government will pinpoint where to begin drainage construction and work until the project is complete. 

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