Lafayette City Parish President Joey Durel was answering questions about his proposed budget which council members are answering questions about during their annual budget hearings.

Durel and one caller were talking to each other during another edition of "Lafayette Live", but the tone did get a little warmer as the caller wanted to know why the amount of the budget had changed.  Durel explained that primarily sales tax and property tax changes are the reasons why.  If you would like to see budget information you can check out http://www.lafayettela.gov

In addition, here is the list of the budget hearings, which are open to the public:

Date/Time Location Event
8/2/2011 5:30:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council-LPUA Meeting
8/2/2011 5:30:00 PM Girard Park National Night Out
8/3/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/8/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/9/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/11/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/16/2011 5:30:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council-LPUA Meeting
8/17/2011 9:00:00 AM Cajundome Convention Center LEDA Job Fair
8/17/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/18/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/22/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/23/2011 5:30:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council-LPUA Meeting
8/24/2011 1:00:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting
8/25/2011 5:30:00 PM City Hall City-Parish Council Budget Meeting

 So far Durel says, no one from the public has shown up to make comments or ask questions about the proposed budget.  Budget meetings are scheduled throughout the month.

Durel began the show segment talking about the celebration to honor and highlight Bonnie and Jim Parr for voting Lafayette as the winner in Rand McNally's "Best Food" competition.