Hardly Anyone Bothered To Show Up For Lafayette Election
There were two tax propositions on Saturday's ballot in Lafayette, and there was not much participation in the voting process, according to Lafayette Parish's Clerk of Court Louis Perret.
Perret tells KPEL Saturday's election cost taxpayers around $143,600, according to his preliminary numbers.
So how many people showed up to vote on Saturday? Not many. Perret says only 3.2 percent of Lafayette's registered voters bothered to pull a lever on Saturday.
Out of 146,048 registered voters in Lafayette Parish, only 4,689 voted this past weekend.
So how much did the election cost per voter? $30.62 per voter.
While only 3.2 percent of voters went to the polls on Saturday, it didn't matter as far as getting approval for the two tax propositions. Lafayette voters gave their approval to a 4.17 mill property tax renewal for 10 years that is used for road and bridge maintenance and repairs in Lafayette Parish. The voters approved that measure by 74 percent.
Sixty-four percent of voters agreed to a consolidation of two millages. The two existing millages, now together, will generate a little more than $6.5 million a year that would be spent on mosquito control, animal control and public health.
Perret will join "Nathan and Bernie in the Morning" Tuesday at 7:40 a.m. for a discussion about Saturday's turnout.