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Guillory reveals plan to use $85 million of ARPA funds

Both City and Parish Council voted to introduce the ordinance but asked for more time to process the plan.
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Posted at 7:36 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 00:41:39-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Guillory administration presented a plan for spending more than $85 million at a special meeting on Tuesday.

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act and was divided into four categories: $20.1 million for competitive investments, $22.6 million for drainage, $28.3 million for roads and bridges, and $14.6 million for public safety.

Some council members say they need a little more time before they can put their stamp of approval on the plan. The motion to introduce this budget plan was unanimously supported – and both city and parish council agree two weeks is not enough to digest the information.

"I don't feel comfortable saying in two weeks I will be fully prepared to put my stamp on approval on these projects or anything like that, especially knowing we're jumping into budget time," said District 3 parish council member Joshua Carlson.

District 4 city council member Nanette Cook agreed, saying, "These projects look great, but I have to agree with councilman Carlson, I really feel like we need a little more time."

The councils will vote on the plan in four weeks.

Below you can see the full plan for the funds.

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