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Lafayette Council approves funding for library construction, upgrades

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 10:43:11-04

On Tuesday night, the Lafayette City-Parish Council approved funds that will allow the Lafayette Public Library System to use $12 million dollars for projects on the north side of the parish.

The vote approved $8 million to be used for the building of a brand new Northeast Regional Library and $4 million to pay for the expansion of and upgrades to the Carencro library.

The vote was decided 7-1.

The Library System’s total fund balance is $26 million. Mayor-President Joel Robideaux has criticized the library for having such a large fund balance in the past, calling for the council to re-dedicate $18 million for roads, bridges and drainage projects.

To read more on that: Resolution to rededicate more from library fund balance fails

In April, the council approved a plan to have voters consider a $10 million re-dedication on the October 12 ballot.