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Lafayette: Charter change approved, Sheriff tax and fire tax fail

Posted at 9:21 PM, Dec 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-08 23:15:47-05

Lafayette Parish voters approved a change to the city-parish charter tonight; the change splits the city-parish council into a city council and a parish council.

The charter amendment passed, 53 percent to 47 percent.

Also in Lafayette Parish, Sheriff Mark Garber’s attempt to pass a sales tax to support law enforcement operations parishwide failed.

The sheriff’s tax failed, with 66 percent of Lafayette’s voters saying no.

Sheriff Mark Garber issued the following statement:

Following the December 8th election, in which voters did not approve the Law Enforcement District Tax Proposition, Sheriff Mark Garber would like to thank Lafayette Parish voters for their guidance on the direction the sheriff’s office needs to go in the future.
Sheriff Garber said, “We will continue to examine our operations to see where we can consolidate and streamline our services to this community without jeopardizing public safety.”
As we go into the future, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office will strive to provide the best law enforcement services possible with the limited resources available.

And, a tax that would have provided funds to support all parish volunteer fire departments failed. Voters said no, 52 percent to 48 percent.

Also in Lafayette, Carencro’s new mayor is Glenn Brasseaux. He won over Charlotte Stemmans Clavier by a slim margin, 51 percent to 49 percent.