Voters in Lafayette Parish have renewed a 8.76-mills tax that will go toward the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The tax will be collected for 10 years, beginning next year. It’s expected to generate $20 million.
Shall the Law Enforcement District of the Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana (the “District”), continue to levy an eight and seventy-six hundredths (8.76) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation in said District for a period of ten years, beginning with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029 (an estimated $20,026,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) for the purpose of providing funds for the District, said tax to be in addition to the tax now authorized by R.S. 13:5903(A) to be levied for the said purpose?
The renewal came as good news for the sheriff’s office after a new half-cent sales tax failed in December.
In a statement, Sheriff Mark Garber said:
“The voice of the voters in Lafayette Parish has served as my source of guidance since you elected me as Sheriff, and that path remains true today as I express my gratitude in your decision to renew the Sheriff’s Property Millage for another 10 years.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to fund law enforcement operations to provide the greatest safety measures possible to our residents, as well as visitors to this great community.
The office will also continue with its reorganization plan, designed to maximize personnel and operational efficiency through technology and reallocation of resources.
With this renewal, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to maintain and provide the highest level of service and security that the residents of this parish know and deserve.”
Voters also renewed a millage that will go fund the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District.
Shall the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District of the State of Louisiana (the “District”), levy a one and one-half (1.5) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation within said District (an estimated $5,600,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2021 and ending with the year 2030, for the purpose of constructing, establishing, extending, maintaining, operating and protecting a fresh water supply and abating pollution in Bayou Teche and the Vermilion River within the said District, title to which public works shall be in the public?