At the Lafayette City-Parish council meeting Tuesday, members gave introductory approval for a new fire district covering the unincorporated areas of the parish.
Council chair Kevin Naquin said if that district and tax to fund it aren’t approved by voters, the parish’s fire rating will go down, causing insurance rates to increase.
Naquin used his own insurance rates as an example, showing that his insurance would nearly double if the district isn’t approved.
"I’m not doing my job if I don’t give my people an opportunity. I’m not imposing a tax. I’m not passing a tax. I’m giving you truth, transparency and knowledge of what our area is up against here shortly," Naquin said.