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.